feu·​dal | \ˈfyü-dᵊl \

Definition of feudal 

1 : of, relating to, or suggestive of feudalism feudal law a feudal lord

2 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a medieval fee (see fee entry 1 sense 1) feudal rights and services

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feudally \ ˈfyü-​dᵊl-​ē \ adverb

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First published in 1962, The Letter for the King is a medieval adventure novel set in a fantasy feudal world of three kingdoms, two of which are threatened by the third. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix to Adapt Dutch Kids Book 'The Letter for the King' as Original Series," 12 July 2018 This premodern craving for a world in which everyone and everything has a place surfaces time and again, in the royal nuptials, in feudal fiction, even in the gilded carriage denied Trump. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 The park itself loses its borders; animals and people cross in and out of parallel parks based on colonial India and feudal Japan. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Puzzled by Westworld? Look to Shakespeare.," 26 June 2018 One of these counties was Barcelona, which became a strong political ward despite its feudal dependence on the Central European emperor. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Beyond the Headlines, Catalan Culture Has a Long History of Vibrancy and Staying Power," 25 June 2018 Speaking from his austere office at an otherwise lavish 18th-century feudal palace once used by legendary diplomat Prince Metternich, Mr. Kurz brushed aside the criticism. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Austrian Leader’s Blueprint for Europe’s Establishment: Move to the Right," 25 May 2018 Mr Abe comes from Yamaguchi, known in feudal times as Choshu. The Economist, "Why modern Japan’s founding moment still divides a nation," 11 Jan. 2018 Her book spans four generations of the Sadrs, from the great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, a feudal landowner in Mazandaran, to his daughter Nour, to Nour’s six sons, among them Darius, the father of Kimia, the narrator. Dalia Sofer, New York Times, "A Persian Turned Parisian Insists: I’m Not an Immigrant, I’m an Exile," 8 June 2018 The country’s lack of a feudal past meant there were no other overarching ideas about how to organize society, achieve self-governance, or define the relationship between the state and the economy. Julia Azari, Vox, "Do Americans avoid ideology?," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of feudal

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for feudal

see feud entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of feudal

: of or relating to feudalism


feu·​dal | \ˈfyü-dᵊl \

Kids Definition of feudal

: relating to feudalism

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