socage definition by Webster's New World
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a medieval English system of land tenure in which a tenant held land in return for a fixed payment or for certain stated nonmilitary services to his lord
Origin: ME: see soke and amp; -age
socage definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Feudal tenure of land by a tenant in return for agricultural or other nonmilitary services or for payment of rent in money.
Origin: Middle English sokage, from soke, soke; see soke.
- socˈag·er noun