enfeoff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v enfeoff put in possession of land in exchange for a pledge of service, in feudal society "He enfeoffed his son-in-law with a large estate in Scotland"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Enfeoff (Law) To give a feud, or right in land, to; to invest with a fief or fee; to invest (any one) with a freehold estate by the process of feoffment.
    • Enfeoff To give in vassalage; to make subservient. "The king enfeoffed himself to popularity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • enfeoff In law, to give a feud to; hence, to invest with a fee; give any corporeal hereditament to in fee simple or fee tail.
    • enfeoff Figuratively, to surrender or give up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Enfeoff en-fef′ to give a fief to: to invest with a possession in fee: to surrender
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. en-, + feoff, fief,: cf. LL. infeofare, OF. enfeffer, enfeofer,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. enfefferen-, and fief. See Fief, Feoff.

Usage

In literature:

Then bade the king enfeoff Siegfried, the youth, with land and castles, as he himself had done.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown
O Woodvil, man enfeoff'd to despair!
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
And I have had of you since then neither the enfeoffment nor the lady, but only excuses, Sire Philippe.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
This obligation could be handed on by sub-enfeoffment through a whole series of under-tenants.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
Yesterday she corrected me in a date, when I was speaking of the enfeoffment of Udo von Eberstein.
"Saint Michael" by E. Werner
Whoever may wish for soil or sod Richly shall I enfeoff them.
"Britain in the Middle Ages" by Florence L. Bowman
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