villeinage

or vil·lain·age, vil·lan·age, vil·len·age

[ vil-uh-nij ]
/ ˈvɪl ə nɪdʒ /

noun

the tenure by which a villein held land and tenements from a lord.
the condition or status of a villein.

Nearby words

  1. ville-de-paris,
  2. villeda morales,
  3. villeda morales, ramón,
  4. villein,
  5. villein socage,
  6. villella,
  7. villella, edward,
  8. villeneuve,
  9. villeurbanne,
  10. villi

Origin of villeinage

1275–1325; Middle English vilenage < Anglo-French, Old French. See villein, -age

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British Dictionary definitions for villeinage

villeinage

villainage

/ (ˈvɪlənɪdʒ) /

noun (in medieval Europe)

the status and condition of a villein
the tenure by which a villein held his land
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