Villein Definition

vĭlən, -ān, vĭ-lān
noun
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.
Webster's New World

(historical) A feudal tenant.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
helotserf

Other Word Forms of Villein

Noun

Singular:
villein
Plural:
villeins

Origin of Villein

  • From Anglo-Norman villein, variant of villain; from Medieval Latin villanus "field hand", from Latin villa "country home".

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English vilein villain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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