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villein

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noun vil·lein \ˈvi-lən, ˈvi-ˌlān, vi-ˈlān\

Definition of villein

  1. 1 :  a free common villager or village peasant of any of the feudal classes lower in rank than the thane

  2. 2 :  a free peasant of a feudal class higher in rank than a cotter

  3. 3 :  an unfree peasant standing as the slave of a feudal lord but free in legal relations with respect to all others



Origin and Etymology of villein

Middle English vilain, vilein — more at villain


First Known Use: 14th century


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