It had never occurred to me that a parson has no fee-simple in the house and glebe he occupies.
Not if you were to give me the fee-simple of the barbarous tract you covet.
A sum nearly equal, at that time, to the fee-simple of the three parishes.
Mine host, mine host, we lay all night at the George in Waltham; but whether the George be your fee-simple or no, 'tis a question.
These things now had passed away, and the first fee-simple of the Hockin family became a mere load and incumbrance.
These titles give as complete control over the surface of the land as a fee-simple title would do.
He was born only with the life-interest, and he has determined to treat it as though the fee-simple had belonged to him.
My chance of possessing the estate in fee-simple increased: I sold this increased value to the Jews, and gamed on.
It would, in these counties, cost a tenth part of the worth of the fee-simple of the land.
An I were so apt to quarrel as thou art, any man should buy the fee-simple of my life for an hour and a quarter.
late 13c., from Old French fieu, fief "fief, possession, holding, domain; feudal duties, payment," from Medieval Latin feodum "land or other property whose use is granted in return for service," widely said to be from Frankish *fehu-od "payment-estate," or a similar Germanic compound, in which the first element is cognate with Old English feoh "money, movable property, cattle" (also German Vieh "cattle," Gothic faihu "money, fortune"), from PIE *peku- "cattle" (cf. Sanskrit pasu, Lithuanian pekus "cattle;" Latin pecu "cattle," pecunia "money, property"); second element similar to Old English ead "wealth."
OED rejects this, and suggests a simple adaptation of Germanic fehu, leaving the Medieval Latin -d- unexplained. 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 (second element from Old French taillir "to cut, to limit").