free service

noun

old English law
: one of such feudal services as were not unbecoming the character of a soldier or a freeman to perform (as to serve under his lord in war)
usually used in plural

Word History

Etymology

Middle English fre service (translation of Medieval Latin liberum servitium), from fre free + service, servise service

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“Free service.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20service. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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