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feudal

[fyood-l] /ˈfyud l/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or like the feudal system, or its political, military, social, and economic structure.
2.
of or relating to the Middle Ages.
3.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a fief or fee:
a feudal estate.
4.
of or relating to the holding of land in a fief or fee.
Origin of feudal
1605-1615
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
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  • The feudal castle is in ruins, but the aspect of the city is just the same.

  • The ancient castles of England were the central feature of feudal society.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • Adscript, ad′skript, adj. written after: attached to the soil, of feudal serfs—in this sense also used as a noun.

  • They perceive the materials of the feudal institutions, but they miss the cement.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • The vassals of the feudal lord entered into his quarrels with the most inexorable rage.

    The Lusiad Lus de Cames
British Dictionary definitions for feudal

feudal1

/ˈfjuːdəl/
adjective
1.
of, resembling, relating to, or characteristic of feudalism or its institutions
2.
of, characteristic of, or relating to a fief Compare allodial
3.
(derogatory) old-fashioned, reactionary, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin feudālis, from feudumfeud²

feudal2

/ˈfjuːdəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a feud or quarrel
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Word Origin and History for feudal
adj.

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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