feudatory

feudatory

[fyoo-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
noun, plural feudatories.
1.
a person who holds lands by feudal tenure; a feudal vassal.
2.
a fief or fee.
adjective
3.
(of a kingdom or state) under the overlordship of another sovereign or state.
4.
(of a feudal estate) holding or held by feudal tenure.

Origin:
1585–95; < Medieval Latin feudā(tor) fief-holder (see feud2, -ator) + -tory1, -tory2)

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feudatory (ˈfjuːdətərɪ, (in feudal Europe) -trɪ)
 
n
1.  a person holding a fief; vassal
 
adj
2.  relating to or characteristic of the relationship between lord and vassal
3.  (esp of a kingdom) under the overlordship of another sovereign
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin feudātor]

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