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vil·lein·agealso vil·lain·age (vĭl′ə-nĭj)
1. The legal status or condition of a villein.
2. The legal tenure by which a villein held land.
(in medieval Europe) n
1. (Historical Terms) the status and condition of a villein
2. (Historical Terms) the tenure by which a villein held his land
or vil•len•age(ˈvɪl ə nɪdʒ)
1. the tenure by which a villein held land from a lord.
2. the condition or status of a villein.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French]
the type of tenure under which a villein held his land. Also called villanage.See also: Property and Ownership
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|Noun||1.||villeinage - the legal status or condition of servitude of a villein or feudal serf|
legal status - a status defined by law
servitude - state of subjection to an owner or master or forced labor imposed as punishment; "penal servitude"
|2.||villeinage - tenure by which a villein held land|