Serf meaning

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A member of the lowest feudal class, legally bound to a landed estate and required to perform labor for the lord of that estate in exchange for a personal allotment of land.
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A person in bondage or servitude.
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The definition of a serf was an agricultural labor during the middle ages who was bound to work on a lord's estate.

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.

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An agricultural laborer under various similar systems, especially in Russia and eastern Europe in the 1700s and 1800s.
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A slave.
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A person in feudal servitude, bound to his or her master's land and transferred with it to a new owner.
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Any person who is oppressed or without freedom.
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A partially free peasant of a low hereditary class, slavishly attached to the land owned by a feudal lord and required to perform labour, enjoying minimal legal or customary rights.
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A similar agricultural labourer in 18th and 19th century Europe.
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(strategy games) A worker unit.
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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
    From Wiktionary