villein

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noun vil·lein \ ˈvi-lən , ˈvi-ˌlān , vi-ˈlān \

Definition of villein

1 :a free common villager or village peasant of any of the feudal classes lower in rank than the thane
2 :a free peasant of a feudal class higher in rank than a cotter
3 :an unfree peasant standing as the slave of a feudal lord but free in legal relations with respect to all others

Origin and Etymology of villein

Middle English vilain, vilein — more at villain


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