• WordNet 3.6
    • n fief a piece of land held under the feudal system
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fief (Law) An estate held of a superior on condition of military service; a fee; a feud. See under Benefice n., 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fief A fee; a feud; an estate held of a superior on condition of military or other service. See feud.
    • n fief In French-Canadian law, immovable property held under a feudal tenure, to which is attached a privilege of nobility, subject to fealty and homage and to certain services to the seignior. Also feoff.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fief fēf land held of a superior in fee or on condition of military service: a feud.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fief,; of German origin, and the same word as E. fee,. See Fee, and cf. Feud, a tief
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. feudum.


In literature:

I'd say His Majesty knew what he was doing when he picked you a fief.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
After the Norman conquest, the village was part of the duke of Normandy's territory, and the fief of the lords of Vains.
"Romanesque Art in Southern Manche: Album" by Marie Lebert
Why does he not assign incumbents to the vacant fiefs?
"Barbarossa; An Historical Novel of the XII Century." by Conrad von Bolanden
The origin of the fiefs was the same as in the northern nations of Europe.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
In the 12th century it became a fief of the archbishop of Lund.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
In 1488 Pierre de Beaujeu had succeeded to the Bourbonnais, the last great fief of France.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
Ye owe him service for your fiefs, and where ye owe service ye should serve with all your power.
"Stories of the Olden Time" by Various
WALERAN DE BEAUMONT (1104-1166) obtained his father's French fiefs and the title of count of Meulan in 1118.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
At the first felonious infraction thy fief reverts to me!
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
Talvas he inherited the fief of Belesme, and from his father, the Conqueror's companion, that of Shrewsbury.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
If in the so-called feudal times we held everything as a fief from God, in the liberal period the same feudal relation exists with Man.
"The Ego and His Own" by Max Stirner
Furthermore, he demanded, as his reward, the kingdom of Norway in fief, under the overlordship of the king.
"The Story of Norway" by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
When he died, his estate, as a lapsed fief, reverted to the crown.
"Hammer and Anvil" by Friedrich Spielhagen
Fiefs by feudal rule of descent passed to absentees and to women, weakening its military force.
"Irish History and the Irish Question" by Goldwin Smith
The fief passed later into the possession of the counts of Berg.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2" by Various
The trouble arose over the fief.
"A Short History of Italy" by Henry Dwight Sedgwick
The smaller fiefs were steadily absorbed by the greater lordships, which in their turn fell victims to the royal power.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8" by Various
For the derivation of the word see FIEF and FEE.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
As a reward for the aid rendered, Faust receives the shore marches in fief.
"Three Philosophical Poets" by George Santayana
The count's lands, on the left bank of the Rhone, were an imperial fief, and Frederick II.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

In poetry:

The henchman dug at dawn a grave
Beneath the hemlocks brown,
And to the desert's keeping gave
The lord of fief and town.
"Norembega" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I followed my Duke ere I was a lover,
To take from England fief and fee;
But now this game is the other way over—
But now England hath taken me!
"Sir Richard's Song" by Rudyard Kipling
To friends a friend; how kind to all
The vassals of this ancient hall
And feudal fief!
To foes how stern a foe was he!
And to the valiant and the free
How brave a chief!
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
No! He would curse henceforward leaf
And flower and light--as I.
Spring?--It is fire, lust, ashes, grief--
All that a Hell can hold, in fief!...
He'll learn it ere he die.
"Wormwood" by Cale Young Rice
Oh, light was the world that he weighed in his hands!
Oh, heavy the tale of his fiefs and his lands!
He has gone from the guddee and put on the shroud,
And departed in guise of bairagi avowed!
"A Song of Kabir" by Rudyard Kipling
But think not I am come to mourn o'er hopes that flew away,
Like morning stars at dawning bright, but vanished with the day,
I come but on their threshold to whet my father's sword,
If fiefs and friends are mine no more, of that I still am lord:
"Alexowitz" by Sir John Hanmer

In news:

The knights of Montesa made El Maestrazgo their fief.
African languages, the subject of his first foray into linguistics , were at that time the fief largely of British and French linguists . If San Francisco were Europe, Divisadero Street would be the Rhine : the heavily traveled commercial artery that crosses a jigsaw puzzle of (sometimes) quarrelsome fiefs, duchies, and principalities on its way north or south.