What does the word serf mean?

Usage examples for serf

  1. When once the child is fed and dressed, if she gets the upper hand, she will drive you like a serf. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  2. His settlement of the conflict between the Crown and the Provinces, between the Church and education, between the noble and the serf, marked the line in which, for better or for worse, Austrian policy was to run for sixty years. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  3. Did it stand there beside what was left of Tryst the laborer, that humblest of all creatures who dared to make revolt- serf, descendant of serfs, who, since the beginning, had hewn wood, drawn water, and done the will of others? – The Freelands by John Galsworthy