(redirected from corvee)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


 (kôr-vā′, kôr′vā′)
1. Labor exacted by a local authority for little or no pay or instead of taxes and used especially in the maintenance of roads.
2. A day of unpaid work required of a vassal by a feudal lord.

[French corvée and Middle English corve, both from Old French corovee, from Medieval Latin (opera) corrogāta, (work) requested, neuter pl. of Latin corrogātus, past participle of corrogāre, to summon together : com-, com- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


1. (Historical Terms) European history a day's unpaid labour owed by a feudal vassal to his lord
2. (Historical Terms) the practice or an instance of forced labour
[C14: from Old French, from Late Latin corrogāta contribution, from Latin corrogāre to collect, from rogāre to ask]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014



1. unpaid labor for one day, as on the repair of roads, exacted by a feudal lord.
2. an obligation imposed on inhabitants of a district to perform services, as repair of roads, for little or no pay.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin corrogāta contribution, collection, n. use of feminine of Latin corrogātus, past participle of corrogāre to collect by asking]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.corvee - unpaid labor (as for the maintenance of roads) required by a lord of his vassals in lieu of taxes
toil, labor, labour - productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
The ignorant began to murmur against me, and to say that I wanted to bring the days of the corvee back again; this made me anxious to finish this important work, that they might speedily appreciate its benefits.
"Not content with refusing revenue," he continued, "this outlander refuses also to beegar" (this is the corvee or forced labor on the roads), "and stirs my people up to the like treason.
Summary: Fuzhou [China], Nov 7 (ANI): Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth crushed Lucas Corvee of France on the second day of the ongoing China Open by registering an easy 21-12, 21-16 win in men's singles match.
by PTI India's Srikanth Kidambi in action against France's Lucas Corvee in the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow on Wednesday.
Or, when mentioning the notorious ThailandBurma Railway, the author writes of the "death of thousands of Malay and Burmese corvee labourers" (p.
I politely point out to him that, although France officially abolished slavery in 1848, it operated la corvee, a method of forced agrarian labour in its African satellites until the 1930s.
The difficulties encountered by Marinetti and Boccioni (the physical and emotional impact of the bitter climatic conditions, the danger of slipping on the icy ground, etc.) during a water duty on 27 October are the subject of the second tavola, "Corvee d'acqua sotto i forti austriaci," published in L'Italia futurista on 8 July 1917.
Aonix was founded in 2008 by president and CEO Jerome Le Corvee, a consultant and professor of composite technology for more than 20 years with a reputation for creative and practical solutions to manufacturing challenges.
Corvee and Bremond [22] use hierarchical tree of HOG descriptors coupled with sliding window of 48 by 96 to identify each individual human part and combination of body parts to handle occlusion cases.
In the Swiss International at Yverdon-les-Bains, Joe Morgan and Nic Strange lost out to eventual finalists Lucas Corvee and Brice Leverdez (France) in two hard-fought games.
While the great majority of these lower-class commoners did not leave behind tomb inscriptions or detailed entries in history books, we are fortunate to find among the famous Dunhuang trove of ancient documents and the more recent tomb discoveries in Turfan Fit several dated government registers of households, tax collection, and corvee labor in northwest Tang China.