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feoff

[fef, feef] /fɛf, fif/
verb (used with object)
1.
to invest with a fief or fee; enfeoff.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English feoffen < Anglo-French fe(o)ffer, Old French fiefer, derivative of fief fief
Related forms
feoffor, feoffer, noun
unfeoffed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for feoff

feoff

/fiːf/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of fief
verb
2.
(transitive) to invest with a benefice or fief
Derived Forms
feoffor, feoffer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French feoffer, from feoff a fief

fief

/fiːf/
noun
1.
(in feudal Europe) the property or fee granted to a vassal for his maintenance by his lord in return for service
Word Origin
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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