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tenant in chief

or tenant-in-chief

noun
1.
a feudal vassal who holds land directly from the king.
Also called tenant in capite
[kap-i-tee] /ˈkæp ɪ ti/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of tenant in chief
1600-1610
1600-10
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