fief

[feef]
noun
1.
a fee or feud held of a feudal lord; a tenure of land subject to feudal obligations.
2.
a territory held in fee.

Origin:
1605–15; < French, variant of Old French fieu, fie, cognate with Anglo-French fe fee < Germanic; compare Old High German fihu, Old English feoh cattle, property; akin to Latin pecū flock of sheep, pecus cattle, pecūnia wealth

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fief or feoff (fiːf)
 
n
(in feudal Europe) the property or fee granted to a vassal for his maintenance by his lord in return for service
 
[C17: from Old French fie, of Germanic origin; compare Old English fēo cattle, money, Latin pecus cattle, pecūnia money, Greek pokos fleece]
 
feoff or feoff
 
n
 
[C17: from Old French fie, of Germanic origin; compare Old English fēo cattle, money, Latin pecus cattle, pecūnia money, Greek pokos fleece]

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fief
1611, from Fr. fief, from O.Fr., a variant of fieu "fee" (see fee).
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fief [(feef)]

Under feudalism, a landed estate given by a lord to a vassal in return for the vassal's service to the lord. The vassal could use the fief as long as he remained loyal to the lord.

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Example sentences
For many years he has run his company as though it were a personal fief financed with shareholder money.
He decorated his fief with roads and health centres named after himself.
Each of these princes has his own fief with an extensive network of power and patronage.
The evil dictator dead, now his former fief flounders.
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