enfeoff

enfeoff

[en-fef, -feef]
verb (used with object)
1.
to invest with a freehold estate in land.
2.
to give as a fief.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English enfe(o)ffen < Anglo-French enfe(o)ffer, equivalent to en- -en-1 + Old French fiefer, fiever, derivative of fief fief

enfeoffment, noun
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enfeoff (ɪnˈfiːf)
 
vb
1.  property law to invest (a person) with possession of a freehold estate in land
2.  (in feudal society) to take (someone) into vassalage by giving a fee or fief in return for certain services
 
[C14: from Anglo-French enfeoffer; see fief]
 
en'feoffment
 
n

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