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1. A member of the lowest feudal class, legally bound to a landed estate and required to perform labor for the lord of that estate in exchange for a personal allotment of land.
2. An agricultural laborer under various similar systems, especially in Russia and eastern Europe in the 1700s and 1800s.
3. A person in bondage or servitude.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin servus, slave.]
(Historical Terms) (esp in medieval Europe) an unfree person, esp one bound to the land. If his lord sold the land, the serf was passed on to the new landlord
[C15: from Old French, from Latin servus a slave; see serve]
ˈserfdom, ˈserfhood n
1. a person in a condition of feudal servitude, required to render services to a lord, commonly attached to the lord's land and transferred with it from one owner to another.
2. a slave.
[1475–85; < Middle French < Latin servus slave]
serf′dom, serf′hood, serf′age, n.
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|Noun||1.||serf - (Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord|
Europe - the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use `Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles
thrall - someone held in bondage