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ˈfyud lfeu·dal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. feudal, feudalisticadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of feudalism


  1. feudaladjective

    of, or relating to feudalism

  2. Etymology: From feudalis, from feudum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FEUDALadjective

    Pertaining to fees, feus, or tenures by which lands are held of a superiour lord.

    Etymology: feudalis, low Latin.

  2. Feudalnoun

    A dependance; something held by tenure; a fee; a feu.

    Wales, that was not always the feudal territory of England, having been governed by a prince of their own, had laws utterly strange to the laws of England. Matthew Hale.


  1. Feudal

    Feudalism, also known as the feudal system, was the combination of the legal, economic, military, cultural and political customs that flourished in medieval Europe between the 9th and 15th centuries. Broadly defined, it was a way of structuring society around relationships that were derived from the holding of land in exchange for service or labour. Although it is derived from the Latin word feodum or feudum (fief), which was used during the Medieval period, the term feudalism and the system which it describes were not conceived of as a formal political system by the people who lived during the Middle Ages. The classic definition, by François Louis Ganshof (1944), describes a set of reciprocal legal and military obligations which existed among the warrior nobility and revolved around the three key concepts of lords, vassals, and fiefs.A broader definition of feudalism, as described by Marc Bloch (1939), includes not only the obligations of the warrior nobility but the obligations of all three estates of the realm: the nobility, the clergy, and the peasantry, all of whom were bound by a system of manorialism; this is sometimes referred to as a "feudal society". Since the publication of Elizabeth A. R. Brown's "The Tyranny of a Construct" (1974) and Susan Reynolds's Fiefs and Vassals (1994), there has been ongoing inconclusive discussion among medieval historians as to whether feudalism is a useful construct for understanding medieval society.


  1. feudal

    Feudal refers to a social, political, and economic system prevalent during the Middle Ages in Europe, where society was organized around a system of lords, vassals, and fiefs. This system was characterized by the granting of lands or "fiefs" by a "lord" to a "vassal" in exchange for loyalty and services, such as military assistance. The system was based on hierarchical relationships and mutual obligations. Feudal can also refer to anything that resembles this medieval system with its characteristics of hierarchy, reciprocity and territoriality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Feudaladjective

    of or pertaining to feuds, fiefs, or feels; as, feudal rights or services; feudal tenures

  2. Feudaladjective

    consisting of, or founded upon, feuds or fiefs; embracing tenures by military services; as, the feudal system

  3. Etymology: [F. fodal, or LL. feudalis.]


  1. Feudal

    Feudal is a chess-like board wargame originally published by 3M Company in 1967 as part of its bookshelf game series. It was kept in print by Avalon Hill after they purchased 3M's game division, until Avalon Hill was in turn bought by Hasbro. The object of the game is to either occupy one's opponent's castle or to capture all of one's opponent's royalty. There are six sets of pieces in three shades each of blue and brown. Each set consists of thirteen figures, which are limited not only in their method of movement but also their range of attack, and a stationary castle piece. The play area consists of four plastic peg boards depicting empty, rough, and mountainous terrain.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. feudal

    Consisting of, or founded upon, feuds or fiefs; embracing tenures by military system; as, the feudal system.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of feudal in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of feudal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of feudal in a Sentence

  1. Jerald Podair:

    In a feudal society -- and the South was in many ways just that well into the 20th century -- labor is controlled, it cannot be free or the entire social structure will collapse. There are still residues of this even in the South today.

  2. Thomas Lockley:

    There's still a kind of romance and mystery to the story of someone who escaped slavery and was raised to foreign heights next to the prime ruler of Feudal Japan, it feels like the age where he'll get the attention he deserves.

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