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serf (n.)

late 15c., "servant, serving-man, slave," from Old French serf "vassal, servant, slave" (12c.), from Latin servum (nominative servus) "slave" (see serve). Fallen from use in original sense by 18c. Meaning "lowest class of cultivators of the soil in continental European countries" is from 1610s. Use by modern writers with reference to medieval Europeans first recorded 1761 (contemporary Anglo-Latin records used nativus, villanus, or servus).

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Definitions of serf from WordNet

serf (n.)
(Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord;
Synonyms: helot / villein
From wordnet.princeton.edu