Villenage

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Villenage (Feudal Law) Villanage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Villenage in feudal times, the tenure of land by villein, i.e. base or menial services
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Villanage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. 'a serf attached to a farm,' O. Fr. villain—Low L. villanus—L. villa.

Usage

In literature:

It had ceased, so as even to be forgotten in my youth; and villenage was advancing fast towards its natural extinction.
"Colloquies on Society" by Robert Southey
VILLENAGE, in feudal times the condition of a "villein," one of the lowest class in a state of menial servitude.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Villenage, when extinct, 327.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
Villenage had a double sense, as it related to persons or to lands.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
Seems to me that villenage is not extinct, even in this colonial and democratic community.
"The Crooked Stick" by Rolf Boldrewood
Villenage and operative tenancy were almost extinct at the time of the Reformation.
"Nooks and Corners of English Life, Past and Present" by John Timbs
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