Examples of fief in a Sentence
the logistics of the relief effort is the director's fief
Recent Examples of fief from the Web
The N.F.L. has experienced stagnant ratings, and Major League Baseball has increasingly become a group of powerful but geographically limited fiefs.
This sleight of hand gave Hoover’s F.B.I. its peculiar character, at once a respected investigative body and a personal fief.
Mr. Podesta’s correspondence also provides fresh insight into his rarefied role as the de facto head of a sprawling political and philanthropic operation with dueling fiefs and family members.
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In European feudalism, a fief was a source of income granted to a person (called a vassal) by his lord in exchange for his services. The fief usually consisted of land and the labor of peasants who were bound to cultivate it. The income it provided supported the vassal, who was obliged to fight for his lord as a knight.
FIEF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fief for English Language Learners
: a large area of land that was ruled over by a lord in medieval times : a feudal estate
FIEF Defined for Kids
Definition of fief for Students
: an estate of land given to a vassal by a feudal lord
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