noun[mass noun] historical
A feudal tenure of land involving payment of rent or other non-military service to a superior.
More example sentences
- Nor shall we have wardship of that fee-farm, socage, or burgage, unless the fee-farm owes knight's service.
- These three Manors did not come into the possession of the Audleys until early in the 12 th century when they were held by socage, i.e. military service, from the De Verdun family.
- The lands in Atterton were held of the king, as of the honor of Leicester, in free socage, by suit of court and a rent of 3s. 4d., and worth 2s.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from soc, variant of soke.
Definition of socage in:
- The US English dictionary