Fief meaning

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An estate held of a superior on condition of military service.
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Something over which one has rights or exercises control.
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Under feudalism, heritable land held from a lord in return for service.
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(metaph) An area of dominion, especially in a corporate or governmental bureaucracy.
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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.

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.

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A fiefdom.
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Origin of fief

  • French from Old French feu, fief fee

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French fief (whence also fee), 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”). See fee for cognates.

    From Wiktionary