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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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