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fee

[fee] /fi/
noun
1.
a charge or payment for professional services:
a doctor's fee.
2.
a sum paid or charged for a privilege:
an admission fee.
3.
a charge allowed by law for the service of a public officer.
4.
Law.
  1. an estate of inheritance in land, either absolute and without limitation to any particular class of heirs (fee simple) or limited to a particular class of heirs (fee tail)
  2. an inheritable estate in land held of a feudal lord on condition of the performing of certain services.
  3. a territory held in fee.
5.
a gratuity; tip.
verb (used with object), feed, feeing.
6.
to give a fee to.
7.
Chiefly Scot. to hire; employ.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French fie, variant of fief fief. See feudal
Related forms
feeless, adjective
overfee, noun
superfee, noun
Synonyms
1. stipend, salary, emolument; honorarium.
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Examples for fee
  • A toll is a tax or fee charged to travel via a road, bridge, tunnel or other route.
  • Individual members pay a membership fee, which is graduated according to income.
  • Included in it applications, however are leases in fee and fee farmlands.
  • Research fees are an extra charge on top of this minimum fee.
  • A postage stamp is an adhesive paper evidence of prepaying a fee for postal services.
  • Membership in the party was opened to anyone prepared to pay a token fee.
  • However, she was unable to afford the extra fee for art lessons.
British Dictionary definitions for fee

fee

/fiː/
noun
1.
a payment asked by professional people or public servants for their services a doctor's fee, school fees
2.
a charge made for a privilege an entrance fee
3.
(property law)
  1. an interest in land capable of being inherited See fee simple, fee tail
  2. the land held in fee
4.
(in feudal Europe) the land granted by a lord to his vassal
5.
an obsolete word for a gratuity
6.
in fee
  1. (law) (of land) in absolute ownership
  2. (archaic) in complete subjection
verb fees, feeing, feed
7.
(rare) to give a fee to
8.
(mainly Scot) to hire for a fee
Derived Forms
feeless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fie, of Germanic origin; see fief
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Word Origin and History for fee
fee
late 13c., from O.Fr. fieu, from M.L. feodum "land or other property whose use is granted in return for service," probably from Frank. *fehu-od "payment-estate," in which the first element is cognate with O.E. feoh "money, property, cattle" (also Ger. Vieh "cattle," Goth. faihu "money, fortune"), from PIE *peku- "cattle" (cf. Skt. pasu, Lith. pekus "cattle;" L. pecu "cattle," pecunia "money, property"); second element similar to O.E. ead "wealth." Sense of "payment for services" first recorded late 14c. Fee-simple is "absolute ownership," as opposed to fee-tail "entailed ownership," inheritance limited to some particular class of heirs (from O.Fr. taillir "to cut, to limit").
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