Etymology
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feudal (adj.)

1610s, "pertaining to feuds," estates of land granted by a superior on condition of services to be rendered to the grantor, from Medieval Latin feudalis, from feudum "feudal estate, land granted to be held as a benefice," of Germanic origin (cognates: Gothic faihu "property," Old High German fihu "cattle;" see fee). Related to Middle English feodary "one who holds lands of an overlord in exchange for service" (late 14c.). Not related to feud.

updated on October 30, 2014

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Definitions of feudal from WordNet

feudal (adj.)
of or relating to or characteristic of feudalism;
Synonyms: feudalistic
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