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vil·leinalso vil·lain (vĭl′ən, -ān′, vĭ-lān′)
One of a class of feudal serfs who held the legal status of freemen in their dealings with all people except their lord.
[Middle English vilein; see villain.]
(Historical Terms) (in medieval Europe) a peasant personally bound to his lord, to whom he paid dues and services, sometimes commuted to rents, in return for his land
[C14: from Old French vilein serf; see villain]
vil•lein(ˈvɪl ən, -eɪn, vɪˈleɪn)
(in the feudal system) a member of a class of persons who were serfs with respect to their lord but had the rights of freemen with respect to others.
[1275–1325; see villain]
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|Noun||1.||villein - (Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord|
Europe - the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use `Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles
thrall - someone held in bondage
villein[ˈvɪlɪn] N (Hist) → villano/a m/f
n (Hist) → Leibeigene(r) mf