noun \ˈsərf\

: a person in the past who belonged to a low social class and who lived and worked on land owned by another person

Full Definition of SERF

:  a member of a servile feudal class bound to the land and subject to the will of its owner
serf·age \ˈsər-fij\ noun
serf·dom \ˈsərf-dəm, -təm\ noun

Origin of SERF

French, from Old French, from Latin servus slave
First Known Use: 1611

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin

Rhymes with SERF

SERFAGE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈsərf\

Definition of SERF for Kids

:  a servant or laborer of olden times who was treated as part of the land worked on and went along with the land if it was sold


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