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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a fee or feud held of a feudal lord; a tenure of land subject to feudal obligations.

    Category: Western History

  2. a territory held in fee.

    Category: Western History

  3. Category: Common Vocabulary, Western History

    Ref: fiefdom (def. 2). 2

Origin of fief:

1605–15; < F, var. of OF fieu, fie, c. AF fefee< Gmc

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fief, feoff(noun)

    a piece of land held under the feudal system


  1. fief(Noun)

    An estate held of a superior on condition of military service.

  2. fief(Noun)

    Something over which one has rights or exercises control.

  3. fief(Noun)

    An area of dominion, especially in a corporate or governmental bureaucracy.

  4. Origin: From fief, of origin. Related to fee.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fief(noun)

    an estate held of a superior on condition of military service; a fee; a feud. See under Benefice, n., 2


  1. Fief

    A fee or fief was the central element of feudalism and consisted of heritable property or rights granted by an overlord to a vassal who held it in fealty in return for a form of feudal allegiance and service, usually given by the personal ceremonies of homage and fealty. The fees were often lands or revenue-producing real property held in feudal land tenure: these are typically known as fiefs or fiefdoms. However, not only land but anything of value could be held in fee, including governmental office, rights of exploitation such as hunting or fishing, monopolies in trade, and tax farms.

Anagrams of fief

  1. fife, Fife

  2. Fife

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