villenage

noun
vil·​len·​age | \ ˈvi-lə-nij How to pronounce villenage (audio) \

Definition of villenage

1 : tenure at the will of a feudal lord by villein services
2 : the status of a villein

First Known Use of villenage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for villenage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from vilein, vilain

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

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