feu·​dal | \ ˈfyü-dᵊl How to pronounce feudal (audio) \

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

Other Words from feudal

feudally \ ˈfyü-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce feudal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of feudal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 16th-century Japan, the death of a feudal lord is covered up through the use of a double, a petty thief who bears an uncanny resemblance to him. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 12 May 2022 There wasn’t any running water or electricity, and there was a very real possibility that mercenaries might one day show up and kill you because your feudal lord was beefing with some other lord. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 Gone are the tropes of the previous mainline games, replaced with an open world set in the ancient past, heavily based on feudal Japan. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Until recently, the Silicon Valley enclave of Woodside was best known as the home of many wealthy tech entrepreneurs, including Oracle founder Larry Ellison, who built a $200-million replica of a Japanese feudal castle across 23 acres of land. Liam Dillon Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2022 The game is so intentional in accurately portraying the Edo Period and feudal Japan, so the music will do the same. Josh Chesler, SPIN, 13 Apr. 2022 Even so, Ukrainian identity politics and nationalism have been irritants in Russia since the feudal czarist times that predated the Russian Revolution. New York Times, 21 Feb. 2022 Toshiro Mifune and six other badass rōnin square off against bandits who’ve been riding roughshod humble villagers in Akira Kurosawa’s epic 1954 action tale set in feudal Japan. Matt Cooperlistings Coordinator, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Ronin takes its name from the samurai warriors of feudal Japan who did not serve any particular lord. NBC News, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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28 May 2022

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“Feudal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feudal. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for feudal


feu·​dal | \ ˈfyü-dᵊl How to pronounce feudal (audio) \

Kids Definition of feudal

: relating to feudalism

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