Origin of fiefFr: see fee
- An example of a fief is a legal practice the Middle Ages where society was built on relationships and classes.
- An example of a fief is a piece of land that is entrusted to someone for their use and the use of their heirs.
The definition of a fief is something that someone has control over, particularly when a lord gives a person the ongoing use of land by a person and his heirs in return for that person giving allegiance to the lord.
- See fee.
- A fiefdom.
Origin of fiefFrench from Old French feu, fief ; see fee .
- Each fief was organized like the kingdom.
- The help afforded by Ertoghrul to the Seljukian monarch on a critical occasion led to the addition of Sugut to his fief, with which he was now formally invested.
- Lothair was crowned emperor at the Lateran in June 1133, and as a further reward Innocent gave him the territories of the Countess Mathilda as a fief, but refused to surrender the right of investiture.
- His daughter Marie sold the fief of Coucy to Louis, duke of Orleans, in 1400.
- For assistance, and submitted to accept his kingdom from him as a fief of the Holy See.