or vil·lain·age, vil·lan·age, vil·len·age
- the tenure by which a villein held land and tenements from a lord.
- the condition or status of a villein.
Origin of villeinage
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Examples from the Web for villainage
I have had to speak of prescription as a source of villainage.
Now the obligation to serve as reeve was taken as a mark of villainage.
It is a stepping-stone from villainage to socage, or rather to socman's tenure.
The men of ancient demesne are men of free blood holding in villainage.
On the other hand, 'regardant' is used quite independently of villainage.
- a variant spelling of villeinage
- the status and condition of a villein
- the tenure by which a villein held his land
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