enfeoff

verb

en·​feoff in-ˈfef How to pronounce enfeoff (audio) -ˈfēf How to pronounce enfeoff (audio)
en-
enfeoffed; enfeoffing; enfeoffs

transitive verb

: to invest with a fief or fee
enfeoffment
in-ˈfef-mənt How to pronounce enfeoff (audio)
-ˈfēf-
en-
noun

Word History

Etymology

Middle English enfeoffen, from Anglo-French enfeffer, enfeoffer, from en- + fé, fief fief

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enfeoff was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Enfeoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enfeoff. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

enfeoff

transitive verb
en·​feoff en-ˈfef, -ˈfēf How to pronounce enfeoff (audio)
: to invest (a person) with a freehold estate by feoffment
Etymology

Anglo-French enfeoffer, from Old French en-, causative prefix + fief fief

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