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[fyood-l] /ˈfyud l/
of, relating to, or like the feudal system, or its political, military, social, and economic structure.
of or relating to the Middle Ages.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a fief or fee:
a feudal estate.
of or relating to the holding of land in a fief or fee.
Origin of feudal
1605-15; < Medieval Latin feudālis. See feud2, -al1
Related forms
feudally, adverb
antifeudal, adjective
nonfeudal, adjective
nonfeudally, adverb
prefeudal, adjective
quasi-feudal, adjective
quasi-feudally, adverb
unfeudal, adjective
unfeudally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for feudal
  • And it happens to continue to help undermine the feudal underpinning in a really positive way.
  • As the feudal system emerged, the castle evolved into the center of governance for a village and surrounding farmlands.
  • But the company would be better off with less feudal management.
  • It basically describes the feudal system, or variations on political systems founded upon clientage.
  • Her security aide recounted how she cooked for them, and this is extraordinary in our feudal society, and remembered them.
  • But by their lights they have brought modernity and a better life to a feudal society groaning under the rule of lamas.
  • His army terrorizes this feudal pioneer society, extorting tribute and forcibly recruiting soldiers.
  • All lands within the state are declared to be allodial, and feudal tenures are prohibited.
  • It is concerned with many practical matters and specific grievances relevant to the feudal system under which they lived.
  • All lands within the state are allodial and feudal tenures of every description with all their incidents are prohibited.
British Dictionary definitions for feudal


of, resembling, relating to, or characteristic of feudalism or its institutions
of, characteristic of, or relating to a fief Compare allodial
(derogatory) old-fashioned, reactionary, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin feudālis, from feudumfeud²


of or relating to a feud or quarrel
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Word Origin and History for feudal

1610s, from Medieval Latin feudalis, from feudum "feudal estate," of Germanic origin (cf. Gothic faihu "property," Old High German fihu "cattle;" see fee). Related to Middle English feodary "one who holds lands of an overlord in exchange for service" (late 14c.).

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