fief

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noun \ˈfēf\

Definition of fief

  1. 1 :  a feudal estate :  fee

  2. 2 :  something over which one has rights or exercises control <a politician's fief>

fiefdom

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Examples of fief in a sentence

  1. <the logistics of the relief effort is the director's fief>

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of fief

French, from Old French — more at fee


First Known Use: circa 1611


FIEF Defined for English Language Learners

fief

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noun \ˈfēf\

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

fief

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noun \ˈfēf\

Definition of fief for Students

  1. :  an estate of land given to a vassal by a feudal lord


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