- something that one loses or has to give up because of some crime, fault, or neglect of duty; specif., a fine or penalty
- a thing taken away as a penalty for making some mistake in a game, and redeemable by a specified action
- any game in which such forfeits are taken
- the act of forfeiting; forfeiture
ME forfet < OFr forfait, pp. of forfaire, to transgress < ML forisfacere, to do wrong, lit., to do beyond < L foris, foras, out-of-doors, beyond (see foreign) + facere (see fact)
lost, given up, or taken away as a forfeit
to lose, give up, or be deprived of as a forfeit for some crime, fault, etc.