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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Related Wordsenthrallment, servitude, thralldom, servility, thrall, labor, drudge, restraint, indenture, drudgery, yoke, enslavement, captivity, bondage, work, grind, toil, serfdom, subjection, peonage
Examples from the Web for villeinage
But noblesse,—villeinage,—these are fixed,—may not be overthrown.Long Will
Such redemption was considered a special mark of tenure in villeinage.Woman, Church & State
Matilda Joslyn Gage
In England it subsisted for some ages under the name of villeinage.Dissertation on Slavery
St. George Tucker.
The total abolition of all villeinage (forced labour) and serfdom.
For one thing, the poll-tax was stopped, and the end of villeinage was hastened.
- the status and condition of a villein
- the tenure by which a villein held his land