(metaph) An area of dominion, especially in a corporate or governmental bureaucracy.
Other Word Forms of Fief
Origin of Fief
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.
French from Old French feu, fief fee
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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