liege

1 of 2

adjective

1
a
: having the right to feudal allegiance (see allegiance sense 1a) or service
his liege lord
b
: obligated to render feudal allegiance and service
2

liege

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: 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

Examples of liege in a Sentence

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Noun
The image of grace, our liege! Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Noun

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Liege.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liege. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

liege

1 of 2 adjective
1
: having the right to receive service and loyalty
liege lord
2
: owing or giving service to a lord

liege

2 of 2 noun
1
: vassal
2
: a feudal lord

Geographical Definition

Liège

geographical name

Li·​ège lē-ˈezh How to pronounce Liège (audio)
-ˈāzh
variants or Flemish Luik
ˈlīk How to pronounce Liège (audio)
ˈlœik
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

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