Definitions for fiefdomˈfif dəm
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word fiefdom
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the estate or domain of a feudal lord.
Category: Medieval History, Western History
anything owned by one dominant person or group.
Category: Medieval History, Informal
Origin of fiefdom:
the domain controlled by a feudal lord
an organization that is controlled by a dominant person or group
The estate controlled by a feudal lord; a fief.
The duke's fiefdom had been greatly expanded as a reward for his dutiful military service on behalf of the king.
Any organization in the control of a dominant individual. Primarily used with a critical or pejorative connotation.
Most of our company's computers are standardized, but the IT director allows the employees in his own little fiefdom to specify their own machines.
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.
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