serf

noun \ ˈsərf \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of serf

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

serfage

play \ˈsər-fij\ noun

serfdom

play \ˈsərf-dəm, -təm\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of serf

French, from Old French, from Latin servus slave


SERF Defined for English Language Learners

serf

noun

Definition of serf for English Language Learners

  • : a person in the past who belonged to a low social class and who lived and worked on land owned by another person


SERF Defined for Kids

serf

noun \ ˈsərf \

Definition of serf for Students

: 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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