fiefdom

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fief·dom

 (fēf′dəm)
n.
1. The estate or domain of a feudal lord.
2. An organization or department over which one dominant person or group exercises control.

fiefdom

(ˈfiːfdəm)
n
1. (in feudal Europe) the property owned by a lord
2. an area over which a person or organization exerts authority or influence

fief•dom

(ˈfif dəm)

n.
1. the estate or domain of a feudal lord.
2. anything owned by one dominant person or group.
[1805–15]

fiefdom

Medieval History. the land over which a person exercises control after vows of vassalage and service to an overlord. See feudalism.
See also: Land
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fiefdom - the domain controlled by a feudal lord
demesne, domain, land - territory over which rule or control is exercised; "his domain extended into Europe"; "he made it the law of the land"
2.fiefdom - an organization that is controlled by a dominant person or group
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
Translations

fiefdom

[ˈfiːfdəm] Nfeudo m
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