serf

noun
\ ˈsərf How to pronounce serf (audio) \

Definition of serf

: a member of a servile feudal class bound to the land and subject to the will of its owner

Other Words from serf

serfage \ ˈsər-​fij How to pronounce serf (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of serf

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serf

borrowed from French, going back to Old French, "servant, serf," going back to Late Latin servus (in the phrase servus Deī "servant of God"), going back to Latin, "slave" — more at serve entry 1

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“Serf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serf. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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serf

noun
\ ˈsərf How to pronounce serf (audio) \

Kids Definition of serf

: a servant or laborer of olden times who was treated as part of the land worked on and went along with the land if it was sold

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