An agricultural worker in the middle ages who was responsible for growing and harvesting wheat on land owned by a lord and who paid dues to the lord for the privilege of living on the land is an example of a serf.
Origin of serf
- Middle English from Old French from Latin servus slave
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French serf, from Latin servus (“slave, serf, servant"), perhaps of Etruscan origin