Fee Definition

feed, feeing, fees
A fixed sum charged, as by an institution or by law, for a privilege.
A license fee; tuition fees.
American Heritage
Heritable land held from a feudal lord in return for service; fief; feudal benefice.
Webster's New World
Payment, service, or homage due a superior.
Webster's New World
A charge for professional services.
A surgeon's fee.
American Heritage
The right to hold such land.
Webster's New World
feeing, fees
To give a fee, or tip, to.
Webster's New World
To hire.
American Heritage
To reward for services performed, or to be performed; to recompense; to hire or keep in hire; hence, to bribe.
hold in fee
  • to own; possess
Webster's New World

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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Fee

  • hold in fee

Origin of Fee

  • 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 (“cattle, beast, dolt”), Swedish (“beast, cattle, dolt”), Norwegian fe (“cattle”), Icelandic (“livestock, assets, money”), Latin pecū (“cattle”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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