Definitions for villeinˈvɪl ən, -eɪn, vɪˈleɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vil•leinˈvɪl ən, -eɪn, vɪˈleɪn(n.)

  1. (in the feudal system) a member of a class of persons who were serfs with respect to their lord but had the rights of freemen with respect to others.

    Category: Western History, Law

Origin of villein:

1275–1325; see villain

Princeton's WordNet

  1. serf, helot, villein(noun)

    (Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord


  1. villein(Noun)

    A feudal tenant.

  2. Origin: From villein, variant of villain; from villanus "field hand", from villa "country home".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Villein(noun)

    see Villain, 1


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