Definitions for villeinˈvɪl ən, -eɪn, vɪˈleɪn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vil•leinˈvɪl ən, -eɪn, vɪˈleɪn(n.)
(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
serf, helot, villein(noun)
(Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord
A feudal tenant.
Origin: From villein, variant of villain; from villanus "field hand", from villa "country home".
see Villain, 1