Though born a serf, he is already, at middle age, an important personage in the Russian commercial world.
Yes; but if he had not been discontented, he would have been a serf still!
So saying, without another word he turned and rode back, while the serf strode off towards the chateau.
Taking the serf's head in his hands, he kissed him on both cheeks.
Den-Brao, a serf like his father, was since his youth employed in a neighboring stone quarry.
The slave became the serf; that is, he could be shut in, but not shut out.
At Woolston in 1357 a serf "recessit a dominio et dereliquit terram suam."
Similarly, he could tell his slave to run, but he could only tell his serf to stay.
They would like to imitate their betters and live a life of ease and luxury; as though a serf were created for anything but labor.
As to the serf, he did not consider that a boon had been bestowed upon him.
late 15c., "servant, serving-man, slave," from Old French serf "vassal, servant, slave" (12c.), from Latin servum (nominative servus) "slave" (see serve). Fallen from use in original sense by 18c. Meaning "lowest class of cultivators of the soil in continental European countries" is from 1610s. Use by modern writers with reference to medieval Europeans first recorded 1761 (contemporary Anglo-Latin records used nativus, villanus, or servus).