feoff·​ment ˈfef-mənt How to pronounce feoffment (audio)
: the granting of a fee

Word History


Middle English feffement, from Anglo-French, from feffer, feoffer to invest with a fee, from fieu, fé fee

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feoffment was in the 14th century

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“Feoffment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feoffment. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition


feoff·​ment ˈfef-mənt, ˈfēf- How to pronounce feoffment (audio)
: the historical method of granting a freehold estate in land by actual delivery of possession originally by livery of seisin

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