Definitions for socageˈsɒk ɪdʒ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(in medieval England) the system permitting a tenant to hold land in exchange for specified services or the payment of rent, and not requiring military service on behalf of the lord.
Origin of socage:
1275–1325; ME sokage < AF socage=socsoke+-age -age
land tenure by agricultural service or payment of rent; not burdened with military service
In the Middle Ages, a system whereby a tenant would pay a rent or do some agricultural work for the landlord.
Origin: From sokage, from socage from . More at soke, -age.
a tenure of lands and tenements by a certain or determinate service; a tenure distinct from chivalry or knight's service, in which the obligations were uncertain. The service must be certain, in order to be denominated socage, as to hold by fealty and twenty shillings rent
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
name given to a feudal tenure by a certain and determinate service other than knight service.