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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 ?
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.
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.''
``Front-de-B 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.
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?
"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."
If one accepts the premise of agency theory, i.e., that corporations are actually groups of connected fiefs, each fief having its own interest and culture and view the firm differently, one can assume that managers will behave in such a way as to maximize their own profit and reputation, even at the expense of shareholders.
Le Raja, qui a inflige a Enyimba sa premiere defaite de la saison a domicile, reussit ainsi son 5 e succes a l'exterieur apres ceux realises dans les fiefs de Nouadhibou, Zanaco zambien, ASEC ivoirien et CARA Brazzaville.
Public posturing aside, the chiefs of these family fiefs from four states have joined forces not to counter the communal ones but to ensure their families remain relevant in an era when the electorate is throwing surprises in individual icons like Modi and Kejriwal.