- The definition of a fee is a payment asked for or given, or inheritable land from a feudal lord in return for service.
- An example of a fee is an admission cost to a festival.
- An example of a fee is a piece of land that a feudal lord gave a man in exchange for many years of work.
fee definition by Webster's New World
- Historical heritable land held from a feudal lord in return for service; fief; feudal benefice
- Historical the right to hold such land
- Obsolete payment, service, or homage due a superior
- payment asked or given for professional services, admissions, licenses, tuition, etc.; charge
- Now Rare a present of money; tip; gratuity
- an inheritable estate in real property
Origin: Middle English estate, fief, payment ; from Anglo-French (; from Old French feu, fief ; from Germanic as in Old High German feho, fihu, akin to Old English feoh) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pek- from source Old English feoh, cattle, property
fee definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A fixed sum charged, as by an institution or by law, for a privilege: a license fee; tuition fees.
- A charge for professional services: a surgeon's fee.
- A tip; a gratuity.
- Law An inherited or heritable estate in land.
- a. In feudal law, an estate in land granted by a lord to his vassal on condition of homage and service. Also called feud2, fief.b. The land so held.
- To give a tip to.
- Scots To hire.
Origin: Middle English fe, from Old English feoh, cattle, goods, money, and from Anglo-Norman fee, fief (from Old French fie, fief, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English feoh); see peku- in Indo-European roots.Word History: It is possible to see the idea of money taking hold of the human mind by studying a few words that express the notion of wealth or goods. The word fee now denotes money paid or received for a service rendered. Fee comes from Old English feoh, which has three meanings, all equally ancient: “cattle, livestock”; “goods, possessions, movable property”; “money.” The Germanic form behind the Old English is *fehu, which derives by Grimm's Law from Indo-European *peku-, “cattle.” *Fehu is therefore a cognate of Latin pecu, “cattle,” also a direct descendant of Indo-European *peku-. Latin pecu has several derivatives that ultimately were borrowed into English. One was pecūnia, “money,” the source of our word pecuniary. Another was pecūliāris, “pertaining to one's pecūlium or property,” the source of our word peculiar. Finally, our word peculator comes from yet a third derivative, pecūlātor, “embezzler of public money, peculator.”
fee - Business Definition
- A charge for services. For example, a landlord may charge a cleaning fee when a tenant moves out.
- An inherited estate of land.
fee - Legal Definition
fee - Phrases/Idioms
hold in fee