- The definition of a fief is something that someone has control over, particularly when a lord gives a person the ongoing use of land by a person and his heirs in return for that person giving allegiance to the lord.
- An example of a fief is a legal practice the Middle Ages where society was built on relationships and classes.
- An example of a fief is a piece of land that is entrusted to someone for their use and the use of their heirs.
fief definition by Webster's New World
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under feudalism, heritable land held from a lord in return for service
Origin: Fr: see fee
fief definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- See fee.
- A fiefdom.
Origin: French, from Old French feu, fief; see fee.