liege

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1liege

adjective \ˈlēj\

Definition of LIEGE

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a :  having the right to feudal allegiance or service <his liege lord>
b :  obligated to render feudal allegiance and service
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Origin of LIEGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French lige, from Late Latin laeticus, from laetus serf, of Germanic origin; akin to OldFrisian let serf
First Known Use: 14th century

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin

Rhymes with LIEGE

2liege

noun

: a lord in the time of the Middle Ages

Full Definition of LIEGE

1
a :  a vassal bound to feudal service and allegiance
b :  a loyal subject
2
:  a feudal superior to whom allegiance and service are due

First Known Use of LIEGE

14th century

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin

Li·ège

geographical name \lē-ˈezh, -ˈāzh\

Definition of LIÈGE

1
province E Belgium area 1497 square miles (3877 square kilometers), pop 1,024,130
2
city, its pop 185,131

Variants of LIÈGE

Li·ège or Flemish Luik \ˈlīk, ˈlœik\

Rhymes with LIÈGE

liege

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In European feudal society, an unconditional bond between a man and his overlord. Thus, if a tenant held estates from various overlords, his obligations to his liege lord, to whom he had paid “liege homage,” were greater than his obligations to the other lords, to whom he had paid only “simple homage.” See also feudal land tenure.

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