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 (ĕn-fēf′, -fĕf′)
tr.v. en·feoffed, en·feoff·ing, en·feoffs
To invest with a feudal estate or fee.

[Middle English enfeffen, from Anglo-Norman enfeoffer : Old French en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + Old French fief, fief; see fee.]

en·feoff′ment n.


1. the act of investing with an estate held in fee.
2. the deed that enfeoffs.
3. the possession of a fief or estate held in fee.
See also: Property and Ownership
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enfeoffment - under the feudal system, the deed by which a person was given land in exchange for a pledge of service
deed, deed of conveyance, title - a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it; "he signed the deed"; "he kept the title to his car in the glove compartment"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
References in classic literature ?
I confess, then, that nothing would have surprised me in your enfeoffment, or rather in that of your diocese, to M.
The Shandong Provincial Museum curator, among others, opines that Zhu Tan's enfeoffment in 1385 signifies the terminus ante quem for the siyin seal on the three buried paintings.
As a result, the former zone or regional boundaries were gradually replaced with linear boundaries, which from the 14th to 15th centuries were fixed by feudal enfeoffment letters and purchase-and-sale agreements.