feudatory

adjective
feu·​da·​to·​ry | \ ˈfyü-də-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce feudatory (audio) \

Definition of feudatory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : owing feudal allegiance
2 : being under the overlordship of a foreign state

feudatory

noun
plural feudatories

Definition of feudatory (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a dependent lordship : fee
2 : one holding lands by feudal tenure

First Known Use of feudatory

Adjective

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feudatory

Adjective

Medieval Latin feudatorius, from feudare to enfeoff, from feudum

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“Feudatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feudatory. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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