An example of a liege is a person who honored their lord or monarch during the feudal system.
An example of a liege lord is someone who is entitled to the loyalty of his subjects.
A liege lord.
A liege man; a liege subject.
Origin of liege
- Middle English from Old French entitled to feudal allegiance from Late Latin laeticus being a semifree colonist in Gaul from laetus a semifree colonist of Germanic origin lē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English lege, lige, liege, from Anglo-Norman lige, from Old French liege (“liege, free"), from Middle High German ledic, ledec (“free, empty, vacant") (Modern German ledig (“unmarried")) from Proto-Germanic *liþugaz (“flexible, free, unoccupied"). Akin to Old Frisian leþeg, leþoch (“free"), Old English liþiÄ¡ (“flexible"), Old Norse liðugr (“free, unhindered"), Middle Dutch ledich (“idle, unemployed") (Dutch ledig (“empty") and leeg (“empty")), Middle English lethi (“unoccupied, at leisure").
- An alternate etymology traces the Old French word from Late Latin laeticus "of or relating to a semifree colonist in Gaul" from laetus "a semi-free colonist", of Germanic origin, akin to Old English læt (“servant").