- 1 • historical An estate of land, especially one held on condition of feudal service.More example sentences
- During the Eastern Zhou royal power declined and there was a concomitant growth in the feudal fiefs, some becoming quasi-independent kingdoms.
- The fief was usually land necessary to maintain the vassal, but oftentimes the vassal would receive regular payments of money from a lord.
- After complicated manoeuvring on both sides, in 1202 King Philip announced that John had forfeited the Plantagenet fiefs in France.
- 2A person’s sphere of operation or control.More example sentences
- That way, I would retain control of my own fief, and still have the man I loved.
- The vote on Sunday was the final stage in a peace plan to end 13 years of civil war and restore a government to Somalia, which has been divided into fiefs ruled by rival warlords since 1991 when dictator Siad Barre was ousted.
- Brokaw and Jennings want to preserve their fiefs for just a little while longer (Brokaw retires on December 1).
early 17th century: from French (see fee).
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