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n. pl. feu·da·to·ries
1. A person holding land by feudal fee; a vassal.
2. A feudal fee.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the feudal relationship between vassal and lord.
2. Owing feudal homage or allegiance.

[Medieval Latin feudatōrius, from feudātus, past participle of feudāre, to enfeoff, from feudum, fee, fief; see feud2.]


(ˈfjuːdətərɪ; in feudal Europe -trɪ)
(Historical Terms) a person holding a fief; vassal
1. (Historical Terms) relating to or characteristic of the relationship between lord and vassal
2. (Historical Terms) (esp of a kingdom) under the overlordship of another sovereign
[C16: from Medieval Latin feudātor]


(ˈfyu dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

n., pl. -ries,
adj. n.
1. a person who holds lands by feudal tenure; feudal vassal.
2. a fief or fee.
3. (of a kingdom or state) under the overlordship of another sovereign or state.
4. (of a feudal estate) holding or held by feudal tenure.
[1585–95; < Medieval Latin feudā(tor) fief-holder]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.feudatory - a person holding a fieffeudatory - a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
Adj.1.feudatory - of or pertaining to the relation of a feudal vassal to his lord; "a feudatory relationship"
2.feudatory - owing feudal allegiance to or being subject to a sovereign; "it remained feudatory to India until 1365"
subordinate - subject or submissive to authority or the control of another; "a subordinate kingdom"
References in classic literature ?
There was a common head, chieftain, or sovereign, whose authority extended over the whole nation; and a number of subordinate vassals, or feudatories, who had large portions of land allotted to them, and numerous trains of INFERIOR vassals or retainers, who occupied and cultivated that land upon the tenure of fealty or obedience, to the persons of whom they held it.
Common land--which either was the property of the Crown (beni demaniali) or belonged to a town (beni comunali)--had been eroded by lay and ecclesiastic feudatories' usurpations and enclosures, especially during the second half on the 18th century (Davis, 1988: 41-42).
This region can be further delineated by two historical and political understandings of the geography: the area of analysis comprised ancient Gopaksetra or Gwalior and its vicinity, ruled not by a central and localized power but by feudatories of the Gurjara-Pratiharas, paramount at Ujjain and Kannauj between the eighth and eleventh centuries; and Dahaladesa, roughly coinciding with the lands of the Kalachuri empire based at Tripuri, spanning the late eighth through early thirteenth centuries.
The invasion force was made up of over 100 junks and twelve to thirteen thousand soldiers and four hundred horses, but was cancelled because of an outbreak of anti-Qing violence in southern China known as the Three Feudatories Revolt.
There is no explicit religious element in the solitary account that has survived of the dramatic political and administrative break between Angkor and its erstwhile feudatories to its west.
Her first chapter describes the establishment and institutions of Venetian rule, stressing the importance of the Latin feudatories on whom the home government -- constantly involved even from afar -- depended for controlling and defending the island.
4 Report on Census of India, 1891: The Punjab and its Feudatories, vol.
It was explained to His Highness that banners were only given to Your Majesty's feudatories, and that he, being an independent prince, could not receive one without compromising his independence".
Family loyalties were tested in the early sixteenth century when, after Venice's defeat by the League of Cambrai in 1509, Zuan Jacopo and Melchiorre joined other feudatories in returning Padua to imperial rule while Zuan Francesco, already prominent at the Universita di Padova, remained faithful to the Serenissima and even held university office during the war.
In 1867 Emperor Mutsuhito took over and broke the over 200 year old rule of military feudatories or shogunates.