What does villein mean?

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ˈvɪl ən, -eɪn, vɪˈleɪnvillein

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. serf, helot, villeinnoun

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


  1. villeinnoun

    A feudal tenant.

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


  1. Villein

    A villein is a class of serf tied to the land under the feudal system. As part of the contract with the lord of the manor, they were expected to spend some of their time working on the lord's fields in return for land. Villeins existed under a number of legal restrictions that differentiated them from freemen, and could not leave without his lord's permission. Generally, villeins held their status not by birth but by the land they held, and it was also possible for them to gain manumission from their lords. The villeinage system largely died out in England in 1500, with some forms of villeinage being in use in France until 1789.


  1. villein

    A villein, in the feudal system of the Middle Ages, was a peasant who was legally tied to a lord of the manor, essentially a serf or a bondman. They could not leave the land without the lord's permission and had to provide him with specified services or payments, usually labour on the lord's lands. However, they were not complete slaves and held some rights.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Villeinnoun

    see Villain, 1

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Villein

    another spelling of villain (only in its original meaning).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of villein in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of villein in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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