Definitions for serfdom

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

serfsɜrf(n.)

  1. a person in a condition of feudal servitude, required to render services to a lord, commonly attached to the lord's land and transferred with it from one owner to another.

    Category: Western History

  2. a slave.

    Category: Western History

Origin of serf:

1475–85; < MF < L servus slave

serf′dom(n.)

serf′hood(n.)

serf′age(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. serfdom, serfhood, vassalage(noun)

    the state of a serf

Wiktionary

  1. serfdom(Noun)

    The state of being a serf.

  2. serfdom(Noun)

    The feudal system that includes serfs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Serfdom(noun)

    the state or condition of a serf

Freebase

  1. Serfdom

    Serfdom is the status of peasants under feudalism, specifically relating to manorialism. It was a condition of bondage or modified slavery which developed primarily during the High Middle Ages in Europe and lasted in some countries until the mid-19th century. Serfs who occupied a plot of land were required to work for the Lord of the Manor who owned that land, and in return were entitled to protection, justice and the right to exploit certain fields within the manor to maintain their own subsistence. Serfs were often required not only to work on the lord's fields, but also his mines, forests and roads. The manor formed the basic unit of feudal society and the Lord of the Manor and his serfs were bound legally, economically, and socially. Serfs formed the lowest social class of feudal society. The decline of serfdom in Western Europe has sometimes been attributed to the Black Death, which reached Europe in 1347, although the decline had begun before that date. Although serfdom became increasingly rare in most of Western Europe after the Renaissance, it grew strong in Central and Eastern Europe, where it had previously been less common.

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