villein

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n villein (Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Villein (Feudal Law) See Villain, 1.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • villein See villain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Villein another spelling of villain (only in its original meaning).
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Usage

In literature:

The monasteries owned the land, and the rentals paid by the fiefs and villeins went into the church treasuries.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
In later days they made use of a class of men known as bondmen or villeins.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
A knight is free to kill a defenceless villein, but to cross steel with one is to disgrace himself.
"The Iron Pincers" by Eugène Sue
Are there not millions of serfs, vassals and villeins given up to the mercy of feudal power?
"The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion" by Eugène Sue
The noble is flattering the villein!
"The Iron Arrow Head or The Buckler Maiden" by Eugène Sue
She is but a peasant girl, and when hath a villein's daughter ever ridden a horse, or couched a lance?
"Joan of Arc" by Lucy Foster Madison
And, as for me, I will eat you to the bone, villeins or serfs, if you try to cheat your lord of his rights.
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
The time of the appearance of the Gypsies is coeval with the universal liberation and escape of the villeins.
"Cannibals all!" by George Fitzhugh
They became serfs or villeins.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
These garlic-bred swine have no more regard for the person of a prince than for a scurvy villein.
"The Last of the Vikings" by John Bowling
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