fee

noun
\ ˈfē How to pronounce fee (audio) \

Definition of fee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : an estate in land held in feudal law from a lord on condition of homage and service
(2) : a piece of land so held
b : an inherited or heritable estate in land
2a : a fixed charge
b : a sum paid or charged for a service
in fee
: in absolute and legal possession

fee

verb
feed; feeing

Definition of fee (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly Scotland : hire

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fee

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of fee in a Sentence

Noun The admission fee is $10. a credit card with no annual fee The tuition fees went up this year. We returned the library book late and had to pay a late fee. His insurance covers the doctor's fee. They paid a fortune in legal fees. Verb the townspeople fee country lasses as housemaids, nurses, and cooks
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those in traditional fee-for-service Medicare plans often buy supplemental coverage known as medigap policies to cover portions of the medical bills that are not included. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, 22 Oct. 2021 Businesses can promote financial wellness by offering such benefits as bank accounts that are directly embedded into their payroll system and access to low-fee options to cover unexpected expenses between paydays. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 In its second year of service, the program is expected to become available to the under-55 age group for a fee, which the city has not yet established. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Oct. 2021 For a more earthbound fee ($415 for 2 to 15), guests can opt just for a private tour of the observatory. Nina Molina, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 William Nunn, a fee-only certified financial planner who founded Horizon Financial Planning in New Orleans, recommends retired clients have at least six months' worth of their bill payments in cash. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 13 Oct. 2021 To be clear, bdG Sports is not paying an appearance fee, which would be against the temporary NIL rules that the NCAA put in place. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 But that monthly charge also doesn’t include the Broadcast TV fee ($18.45/mo), TV boxes ($5 or $10/mo per TV), or taxes. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Oct. 2021 These facilities offer low-fee, sliding scale, or even completely free care to people below a certain income threshold. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 5 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of fee

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fee

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French fé, fief, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English feoh cattle, property, Old High German fihu cattle; akin to Latin pecus cattle, pecunia money

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“Fee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fee. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for fee

fee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fee

: an amount of money that must be paid
: an amount that is paid for work done by a doctor, lawyer, etc.

fee

noun
\ ˈfē How to pronounce fee (audio) \

Kids Definition of fee

1 : an amount of money that must be paid A fee is charged to get into the park.
2 : a charge for services a doctor's fee

fee

noun

Legal Definition of fee

1 : an inheritable freehold estate in real property especially : fee simple — compare leasehold, life estate at estate
absolute fee
: a fee granted with no restrictions or limitations on alienability : fee simple absolute at fee simple
conditional fee
: a fee that is subject to a condition: as
a : fee simple conditional at fee simple
defeasible fee
: a fee that is subject to terminating or being terminated
determinable fee
: a defeasible fee that terminates automatically upon the occurrence of a specified event : fee simple determinable at fee simple
fee patent
: a fee simple absolute that is granted by a patent from the U.S. government also : a patent that grants a fee simple absolute the land shall have the same status as though such fee patent had never been issued U.S. Code

Note: Allotments of parcels of land in reservations are held in private ownership by fee patents.

fee tail
: a fee which is granted to an individual and to that individual's descendants, which is subject to a reversion or a remainder if a tenant in tail dies with no lineal descendants, and which is not freely alienable — see also entail entry 1, De Donis Conditionalibus — compare fee simple conditional at fee simple

Note: The fee tail developed out of the fee simple conditional as a means to ensure that property would remain intact and in the family. Instead of giving the grantee a fee simple absolute once he or she has a child, which the grantee could then alienate (as by selling), the fee tail creates a future interest in the descendants which prevents the grantee and the descendants from alienating the property. A fee tail is created by a conveyance to the grantee and to the heirs of the grantee's body. In most jurisdictions, the fee tail is not recognized.

2 : a fixed amount or percentage charged especially : a sum paid or charged for a service attorney fees
contingency fee
: a fee for the services of a lawyer paid upon successful completion of the services and usually calculated as a percentage of the gain obtained for the client

called also contingency, contingent fee

— compare champerty, maintenance
filing fee
: a fee charged for the filing of a document

Note: Filing fees are ordinarily charged in civil matters with the filing of the complaint.

jury fee
: a fee that is assessed in some courts as part of the cost of a civil jury trial
origination fee
: a fee charged by a lender for the preparation and processing of a loan
in fee
: under title that creates a fee

History and Etymology for fee

Middle English, fief, from Old French , fief, ultimately from a Germanic word akin to Old High German fehu cattle

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