\ ˈlēj How to pronounce liege (audio) \

Definition of liege

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having the right to feudal allegiance (see allegiance sense 1a) or service his liege lord
b : obligated to render feudal allegiance and service



Definition of liege (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a vassal bound to feudal service and allegiance (see allegiance sense 1a)
b : a loyal subject
2 : a feudal superior to whom allegiance and service are due


geographical name
Li·​ège | \ lē-ˈezh How to pronounce Liège (audio) , -ˈāzh \
variants: or Flemish Luik \ ˈlīk How to pronounce Luik (audio) , ˈlœik \

Definition of Liège (Entry 3 of 3)

1 province of eastern Belgium in Wallonia area 1497 square miles (3877 square kilometers), population 1,092,000
2 city and capital of the province of Liège located at the point where the Ourthe River flows into the Meuse River population 196,000

First Known Use of liege


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for liege

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French lige, from Late Latin laeticus, from laetus serf, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Frisian let serf

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The first known use of liege was in the 14th century

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“Liege.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of liege

: a lord in the time of the Middle Ages


\ ˈlēj How to pronounce liege (audio) \

Kids Definition of liege

: a lord in the time of the Middle Ages

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