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n. pl. feu·da·to·ries
1. A person holding land by feudal fee; a vassal.
2. A feudal fee.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the feudal relationship between vassal and lord.
2. Owing feudal homage or allegiance.

[Medieval Latin feudatōrius, from feudātus, past participle of feudāre, to enfeoff, from feudum, fee, fief; see feud2.]


(ˈfjuːdətərɪ; in feudal Europe -trɪ)
(Historical Terms) a person holding a fief; vassal
1. (Historical Terms) relating to or characteristic of the relationship between lord and vassal
2. (Historical Terms) (esp of a kingdom) under the overlordship of another sovereign
[C16: from Medieval Latin feudātor]


(ˈfyu dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

n., pl. -ries,
adj. n.
1. a person who holds lands by feudal tenure; feudal vassal.
2. a fief or fee.
3. (of a kingdom or state) under the overlordship of another sovereign or state.
4. (of a feudal estate) holding or held by feudal tenure.
[1585–95; < Medieval Latin feudā(tor) fief-holder]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.feudatory - a person holding a fieffeudatory - a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
Adj.1.feudatory - of or pertaining to the relation of a feudal vassal to his lord; "a feudatory relationship"
2.feudatory - owing feudal allegiance to or being subject to a sovereign; "it remained feudatory to India until 1365"
subordinate - subject or submissive to authority or the control of another; "a subordinate kingdom"
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The consequences of this situation were a continual opposition to authority of the sovereign, and frequent wars between the great barons or chief feudatories themselves.
The invasion force was made up of over 100 junks and twelve to thirteen thousand soldiers and four hundred horses, but was cancelled because of an outbreak of anti-Qing violence in southern China known as the Three Feudatories Revolt.
4 Report on Census of India, 1891: The Punjab and its Feudatories, vol.
It was explained to His Highness that banners were only given to Your Majesty's feudatories, and that he, being an independent prince, could not receive one without compromising his independence".
Family loyalties were tested in the early sixteenth century when, after Venice's defeat by the League of Cambrai in 1509, Zuan Jacopo and Melchiorre joined other feudatories in returning Padua to imperial rule while Zuan Francesco, already prominent at the Universita di Padova, remained faithful to the Serenissima and even held university office during the war.
In 1867 Emperor Mutsuhito took over and broke the over 200 year old rule of military feudatories or shogunates.
With improved communication, and an even richer complex of sponsoring sources, we move across time in the 460s and 470s to the startling achievements of the Vakatakas at Ajanta and Bagh, and finally to the related developments of the Vakatakas' feudatories at Aurangabad.
Some of the Chinese Emperors even mistook Nepal for a "Buddhist land" and issued letters of imperial patronage and authorization to local feudatories (See Ming TiCs Letter to Shaktiramsimha Vardhana of Palancho dated NS 535, No.
Accounts of Conrad's expeditions to Italy provide an opportunity to discuss the monarch's impact on relations between the ranks of the lower nobility or valvassores and the great ecclesiastical and secular feudatories.
of the Jiangnan Gentry during the Three Feudatories Rebellion of the
15) Thereafter, there was not much interaction between the rulers of Vijayanagara and the Portuguese, and the latter had to deal with one of the Vijayanagara feudatories, the Nayakas of Keladi or Ikkeri.