Definition of fief noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fiːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fiːf//
    (also fiefdom
    BrE BrE//ˈfiːfdəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːfdəm//
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  1. 1(law, old use) an area of land, especially a rented area for which the payment is work, not money
  2. 2an area or a situation in which somebody has control or influence She considers the office as her own private fiefdom.
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French, from medieval Latin feodum, feudum, ultimately of Germanic origin.
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