fief


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fief

 (fēf)
n.
1. See fee.
2. A fiefdom.

[French, from Old French feu, fief; see fee.]

fief

(fiːf) or

feoff

n
(Historical Terms) (in feudal Europe) the property or fee granted to a vassal for his maintenance by his lord in return for service
[C17: from Old French fie, of Germanic origin; compare Old English fēo cattle, money, Latin pecus cattle, pecūnia money, Greek pokos fleece]

fief

(fif)

n.
1. a fee or feud held of a feudal lord; a tenure of land subject to feudal obligations.
2. a territory held in fee.
[1605–15; < French, variant of Old French fieu, fie, c. Anglo-French fe fee< Germanic]

fief

Feudal System, heritable land in return for service as a vassal. The right to hold. Also called feoff, feud.
See also: Property and Ownership
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fief - a piece of land held under the feudal system
acres, demesne, landed estate, estate, land - extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use; "the family owned a large estate on Long Island"
Translations

fief

[fiːf] Nfeudo m

fief

[ˈfiːf] nfief m

fief

n (Hist) → Lehen nt

fief

[fiːf] nfeudo
References in classic literature ?
uf must prepare to restore his fief of Ivanhoe,'' said De Bracy, who, having discharged his part honourably in the tournament, had laid his shield and helmet aside, and again mingled with the Prince's retinue.
For the rest, sirs, I hope none here will deny my right to confer the fiefs of the crown upon the faithful followers who are around me, and ready to perform the usual military service, in the room of those who have wandered to foreign Countries, and can neither render homage nor service when called upon.
Monsieur," said he, "you will go immediately, and take possession of the isle and fief of Belle-Ile-en-Mer.
I thought they were the white geese given by Sainte-Geneviève to the city, for the fief of Roogny.
But in general, the power of the barons triumphed over that of the prince; and in many instances his dominion was entirely thrown off, and the great fiefs were erected into independent principalities or States.
Great had been the rejoicing amid the Romsey nuns when the Lady Maude Loring had craved admission into their order--for was she not sole child and heiress of the old knight, with farms and fiefs which she could bring to the great nunnery?
Les forces afghanes epaulees par les Americains poursuivent simultanement les "operations de nettoyage" dans la region, fief de l'EI dans le pays.
Sur un autre front, ouvert au nord-est de Rakka, les FDS ne sont plus qu'a quelques kilometres du fief des djihadistes.
Gogjali est situee a la lisiere est deMossoul, le fief de l'EI depuis l'ete 2014 qui est vise par une offensive des forces irakiennes depuis le 17 octobre, nous apprend la meme source.
Voila pour cette journee qui a connu encore une fois des resultats decevants pour le FUS de Rabat accroche dans son fief par la RS Berkane (0-0), ce qui n'arrange pas les affaires des Fussistes pour terminer meme en 4e ou en 5e place.
Les troupes d'elite irakiennes, qui encerclent depuis mardi dernier la ville de Mossoul, deuxieme plus grande ville du pays et dernier grand fief de Daech, s'attendaient surement a une resistance des djihadistes, mais certainement pas avec cette intensite.
En mai, plusieurs centaines de femmes et enfants avaient ete liberes de la foret de Sambisa, fief du groupe islamiste arme, dans l'Etat de Borno, tandis que pres de 180 personnes ont ete liberees au sud de Maiduguri, la capitale de Borno.