- 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
- liege lord
Middle English lege, lige, liege, from Anglo-Norman lige, from Old French liege (“liege, free”), from Middle High German ledic, ledec (“free, empty, vacant”) (Modern German ledig (“unmarried”)) from Proto-Germanic *liþugaz (“flexible, free, unoccupied”). Akin to Old Frisian leþeg, leþoch (“free”), Old English liþiġ (“flexible”), Old Norse liðugr (“free, unhindered”), Middle Dutch ledich (“idle, unemployed”) (Dutch ledig (“empty”) and leeg (“empty”)), Middle English lethi (“unoccupied, at leisure”).
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 læt (“servant”).