What doth the poor man's son inherit? / Stout muscles and a sinewy heart, / A hardy frame, a hardier spirit; / King of two hands, he does his part / In every useful toil and art; / A heritage, it seems to me, / A king might wish to hold in fee.
An example of a fee is an admission cost to a festival.
An example of a fee is a piece of land that a feudal lord gave a man in exchange for many years of work.
A license fee; tuition fees.
A surgeon's fee.
Cronshaw had told him that the facts of life mattered nothing to him who by the power of fancy held in fee the twin realms of space and time.
- to own; possess
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of fee
- Middle English fe from Old English feoh cattle, goods, money and from Anglo-Norman fee fief (from Old French fie, fief) (of Germanic origin) (Old English feoh) peku- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old French fieu, fief (English fief), from Medieval Latin fevum, a variant of feudum, from Old Frankish *fehu (“cattle, livestock”), from Proto-Germanic *fehu (“cattle, sheep”), from Proto-Indo-European *peku-, *peḱu- (“sheep”). Cognate with Old High German fihu (“cattle, neat”), Old English feoh (“cattle, property, money”), Scots fe, fie (“cattle, sheep, livestock, deer, goods, property, wealth, money, wages”), West Frisian fee (“livestock”), Dutch vee (“cattle, livestock”), Low German fee (“cattle, livestock, property”), German Vieh (“cattle, livestock”), Danish fæ (“cattle, beast, dolt”), Swedish fä (“beast, cattle, dolt”), Norwegian fe (“cattle”), Icelandic fé (“livestock, assets, money”), Latin pecū (“cattle”).