- The definition of liege is loyal, especially in a relationship between a lord and his servants.
An example of a liege lord is someone who is entitled to the loyalty of his subjects.
- A liege is defined as a lord to be loyal to, or a loyal subject of a monarch.
An example of a liege is a person who honored their lord or monarch during the feudal system.
- Feudal Law
- entitled to the service and allegiance of his vassals: a liege lord
- bound to give service and allegiance to the lord: liege subjects
- loyal; faithful
Origin of liegeOld French probably ; from Frankish base akin to Old High German ledig, free, but influenced, influence by Classical Latin ligare, to bind
- a lord or sovereign
- a subject or vassal
- A lord or sovereign to whom allegiance and service are due according to feudal law.
- A vassal or subject owing allegiance and services to a lord or sovereign under feudal law.
- A loyal subject to a monarch.
- a. Entitled to the loyalty and services of vassals or subjects: a liege lord.b. Bound to give such allegiance and services to a lord or monarch.
- Loyal; faithful.
Origin of liegeMiddle English, from Old French, entitled to feudal allegiance, from Late Latin laeticus, being a semifree colonist in Gaul, from laetus, a semifree colonist, of Germanic origin; see lē- in Indo-European roots.
- Sovereign; independent; having authority or right to allegiance.
- a liege lord
- Serving an independent sovereign or master; bound by a feudal tenure; obliged to be faithful and loyal to a superior, as a vassal to his lord; faithful; loyal.
- a liege man; a liege subject
Middle English lege, lige, liege, from Anglo-Norman lige, from Old French liege (â€œliege, freeâ€), from Middle High German ledic, ledec (â€œfree, empty, vacantâ€) (Modern German ledig (â€œunmarriedâ€)) from Proto-Germanic *liÃ¾ugaz (â€œflexible, free, unoccupiedâ€). Akin to Old Frisian leÃ¾eg, leÃ¾och (â€œfreeâ€), Old English liÃ¾iÄ¡ (â€œflexibleâ€), Old Norse liÃ°ugr (â€œfree, unhinderedâ€), Middle Dutch ledich (â€œidle, unemployedâ€) (Dutch ledig (â€œemptyâ€) and leeg (â€œemptyâ€)), Middle English lethi (â€œunoccupied, at leisureâ€).
An alternate etymology traces the Old French word from Late Latin laeticus "of or relating to a semifree colonist in Gaul" from laetus "a semi-free colonist", of Germanic origin, akin to Old English lÃ¦t (â€œservantâ€).