villeinage

[vil-uh-nij]
noun
1.
the tenure by which a villein held land and tenements from a lord.
2.
the condition or status of a villein.
Also, villainage, villanage, villenage.


Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English vilenage < Anglo-French, Old French. See villein, -age

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villeinage or villainage (ˈvɪlənɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  the status and condition of a villein
2.  the tenure by which a villein held his land
 
villainage or villainage
 
n

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Villeinage was not, however, a purely exploitative relationship.
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