liege

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj liege owing or owed feudal allegiance and service "one's liege lord","a liege subject"
    • n Liege city in eastern Belgium; largest French-speaking city in Belgium
    • n liege a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service
    • n liege a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Liege A free and independent person; specif., a lord paramount; a sovereign. "The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans, Liege of all loiterers and malcontents."
    • Liege (Old Law) Full; perfect; complete; pure.
    • Liege serving an independent sovereign or master; bound by a feudal tenure; obliged to be faithful and loyal to a superior, as a vassal to his lord; faithful; loyal; as, a liege man; a liege subject.
    • Liege Sovereign; independent; having authority or right to allegiance; as, a liege lord. "She looked as grand as doomsday and as grave;
      And he, he reverenced his liege lady there."
    • Liege The subject of a sovereign or lord; a liegeman. "A liege lord seems to have been a lord of a free band; and his lieges , though serving under him, were privileged men, free from all other obligations, their name being due to their freedom, not to their service."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • liege Free; specifically, free from obligation to service except as within the relations of lord and vassal: as, a liege lord, a liege man (correlative terms implying protection on the one side and service on the other, as against all other claims).
    • liege Of or pertaining to the tie reciprocally connecting vassal and chief: as, liege vassalage.
    • n liege A liegeman; a subject; a vassal; hence, a law-abiding citizen; a peaceably disposed person: as, to disturb the lieges.
    • n liege A liege lord; one to whom another is bound in fealty or vassalage; a sovereign lord or feudal superior; a lord paramount.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Liege lēj free, except as within the relations of vassal and feudal lord: under a feudal tenure
    • n Liege one under a feudal tenure: a vassal: a lord or superior, or one who has lieges
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lige, lege, F. lige, LL. ligius, legius, liege, unlimited, complete, prob. of German origin; cf. G. ledig, free from bonds and obstacles, MHG. ledec, ledic, lidic, freed, loosed, and Charta Ottonis de Benthem, ann. 1253, “ligius homo, quod Teutonicè dicitur ledigman,” i. e., uni soli homagio obligatus, free from all obligations to others; influenced by L. ligare, to bind. G. ledig, perh. orig. meant, free to go where one pleases, and is perh. akin to E. lead, to conduct. Cf. Lead to guide

Usage

In literature:

His coffin was placed in a cellar in Liege without any respect.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
Antwerp is in the north, Liege in the east, and Namur in the south.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
Now is the day come that our liege lord has need of the strength of good warriors.
"Myths and Legends of All Nations" by Various
He lived at Liege, in Belgium, and just without the city walls owned a large garden.
"Deaconesses in Europe" by Jane M. Bancroft
LIEGE, St. Albert (died 1195).
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
He goes there alone, as you, my liege, came hither, to receive his bride.
"Boycotted" by Talbot Baines Reed
Learning that the vacancy was at the University of Liege, I offered myself.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
The drum was immediately beat to summon the lieges to defend the town.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
To prove this, he summoned his liege subjects to attend a dance in honour of the event.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
He shall prove as liege a subject as I have been a rebellious one.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
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In poetry:

"My Liege, to have served my country
And King till the strife is o'er,
To be Sovereign Prince of Dessau,
Is so much that I ask no more.
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
But, lest the treachery of the mind
Should chance forget a liege so kind,
We deem this quite a fitting place
To draw a picture of his grace.
"Modern Moses" by James Madison Bell
'Grant me my lyfe, my liege, my king,
And a bony gift I'll gie to thee;
Gude four-and-twenty ganging mills,
That gang throw a' the yeir to me.
"Johnny Armstrong (original)" by Anonymous British
"Grant me my lyfe, my liege, my king,
And a bony gift I will give to thee:
Full four-and-twenty milk-whyt steids.
Were a' foald in a yeir to me.
"Johnny Armstrong (original)" by Anonymous British
'Grant me my lyfe, my liege, my king,
And a brave gift I'll gie to thee;
All betwene heir and Newcastle town
Sall pay chair yeirly rent to thee.'
"Johnny Armstrong (original)" by Anonymous British
"Ah! no, my liege," I firmlye sayd,
"I'll rather in my grave be layd;
And though Your Grace hath won my heart,
I ne'er will act soe base a part."
"The Lady Turned Serving-Man" by Anonymous British

In news:

Vinokourov paid Kolobnev to win 2010 Liege .
Christian Louboutin Marina Liege 140mm Patent Leather Sandals Bronze Red Bottom Shoes.
Police find body of cleaning woman at Liege attacker's home.
Liege attack in Belgium appears to have been carried out by a lone gunman using grenades and automatic weapons.
Police find body in home of Liege gunman (VIDEO).
Police in Belgium on Wednesday found a woman's body in the home of the Liege gunman who killed four people in a crowded square.
Iron Liege wins, with help from a mistake (1955).
Liege -Bastogne- Liege : Nice Guys Finish First.
Philippe Gilbert celebrates his Liege -Bastonge- Liege victory ahead of Team Leopard-Trek's Frank and Andy Schleck.
Tour defending champion Evans finished 17 seconds behind Switzerland's Cancellara in the individual time trial in the Belgian city of Liege.
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland in action on his way to winning the Tour de France Prologue at Parc d'Avroy on June 30, 2012 in Liege, Belgium.
LIEGE, Belgium – Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the Tour de France prologue for a fifth time on Saturday, dominating the time trial around the gritty city of Liege.
A patient is examined during a scan at the University Hospital in Liege, Belgium.
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland in action on his way to winning the Tour de France Prologue at Parc d'Avroy on June 30, 2012 in Liege, Belgium.
The Schlecks tried three separate attacks to drop Philippe Gilbert at Liege.
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In science:

Roland for sending us the Liege Solar Atlas.
About the chemical composition of delta Scuti - the prototype of the class of pulsating variables
Liege: Amercian Institute of Physics. Elzinga, A. (1972).
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
Surdej, J., & Soucail, G.  , in \Gravitational Lenses in the Universe", Proceedings of the st Liege International Astrophysical Colloquium, p .
Testing Cosmogonic Models with Gravitational Lensing
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