tenant-in-chief

tenant in chief

noun
a feudal vassal who holds land directly from the king.
Also, tenant-in-chief.
Also called tenant in capite [kap-i-tee] .


Origin:
1600–10

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n
(in feudal society) a tenant who held some or all of his lands directly from the king

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