Simple Definition of fief
: a large area of land that was ruled over by a lord in medieval times : a feudal estate
Examples of fief in a sentence
<the logistics of the relief effort is the director's fief>
Did You Know?
In European feudalism, a fief was a source of income granted to a person (called a vassal) by his lord in exchange for his services. The fief usually consisted of land and the labor of peasants who were bound to cultivate it. The income it provided supported the vassal, who was obliged to fight for his lord as a knight.
Origin and Etymology of fief
French, from Old French — more at fee
First Known Use: circa 1611
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Definition of fief for Students
: an estate of land given to a vassal by a feudal lord
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