Part of speech: noun

A landed estate held under feudal tenure.

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Usage examples "fief":

  1. In 1204, Philippe- Auguste besieged Chinon and Loches simultaneously, and took the latter after a year, when he made it a fief, and gave it to Dreux de Mello, Constable of France, who in turn sold it to St. Louis. - "Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Country", Francis Miltoun.
  2. Even the Emperor heard of her, and, as he was desirous that such a splendid fief should pass into the hands of a suitable husband, he determined to pay the celebrated widow a visit in the course of a journey, and signified his intention to her in a most gracious and friendly letter. - "Seven Legends", Gottfried Keller.
  3. The process went on till it was becoming a serious difficulty to discover how the King was to get his services from the tenant in capite, who had practically got rid of two- thirds of his fief, and how he again was to get his services from the mesne tenant, who had parted with two- thirds of his estate to half a dozen under tenants. - "The Coming of the Friars", Augustus Jessopp.