villein

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vil·lein

noun \ˈvi-lən, ˈvi-ˌlān, vi-ˈlān\

Definition of VILLEIN

1
:  a free common villager or village peasant of any of the feudal classes lower in rank than the thane
2
:  a free peasant of a feudal class higher in rank than a cotter
3
:  an unfree peasant standing as the slave of a feudal lord but free in legal relations with respect to all others

Origin of VILLEIN

Middle English vilain, vilein — more at villain
First Known Use: 14th century

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