Villein meaning

vĭl'ən, -ān', vĭ-lān'
One of a class of feudal serfs who held the legal status of freemen in their dealings with all people except their lord.
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Any of a class of feudal serfs who by the 13th cent. had become freemen in their legal relations to all except their lord, to whom they remained subject as slaves.
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(historical) A feudal tenant.
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Origin of villein

  • Middle English vilein villain
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman villein, variant of villain; from Medieval Latin villanus "field hand", from Latin villa "country home".
    From Wiktionary