Definition of fief
- a politician's fief
the logistics of the relief effort is the director's fief
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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.
: a large area of land that was ruled over by a lord in medieval times : a feudal estate
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