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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Additionally, some of the worker's surplus was seized by the feudal lord.
▪ People lived in small communities spread throughout the countryside, under the authority of feudal lords whose land they worked as tenants.
▪ They were also hired as soldiers by feudal lords.
▪ These rich feudal lords were required to spend six months a year in their palaces at Yedo.
▪ He had assumed his lordship like any other feudal lord.
▪ Occasionally a feudal lord reserved a wild patch of forest from destruction for his game hunting.
▪ The feudal lords - who could afford real glass - usually had it set directly into stone or metal.
▪ Once princes and feudal lords who wished to increase the productive wealth of their domains imported craftsmen as a matter of course.
▪ The drawback to feudal service from the count's point of view was its limited duration.
▪ The weakness of feudal service as a basis for recruiting an army was that it was hedged round with difficult restrictions.
▪ In feudal society, a superior status was accorded to the land-owning aristocracy and gentry.
▪ My forebears hardly knew what went on outside their small feudal society.
▪ Medieval, feudal society was rigidly hierarchical, and control of bodies was a central part of social control of the population.
▪ The stability of feudal society had always depended upon a relationship of trust between lords and vassals.
▪ The nobility and the serfs emerged, then, as two of the distinct strata in feudal society.
▪ However, the clergy formed a third stratum in feudal society.
▪ To some extent, the Church was an independent force in feudal society, in competition with the nobility and the king.
▪ Stratification in the feudal system was based on landholding.
▪ Hodgesaargh was a one-man feudal system.
▪ It remained frozen in a feudal system which had decayed but not died with the end of the rubber boom.
▪ A kind of feudal system developed, but this had been present in much of rural Britain throughout the Roman period.
▪ A local feudal family, the BalÜici, seized their opportunity and established themselves as rulers of Zeta.
▪ Certainly, the decline of the feudal force did not lead to the demise of the traditional leadership in war.
▪ So the patron saint had become absorbed into the feudal world.
▪ That of the Ottos' was, at least in its ideology, universal and feudal.
▪ The feudal lords - who could afford real glass - usually had it set directly into stone or metal.
▪ They were also hired as soldiers by feudal lords.
▪ While their feudal superiors killed or neglected daughters or banished them to convents, peasants left them more possessions.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

feudal \feu"dal\ (f[=u]"dal), a. [F. f['e]odal, or LL. feudalis.]

  1. Of or pertaining to feuds, fiefs, or fees; as, feudal rights or services; feudal tenures.

  2. Consisting of, or founded upon, feuds or fiefs; embracing tenures by military services; as, the feudal system.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


a. of, or relating to feudalism


adj. of or relating to or characteristic of feudalism [syn: feudalistic]

Feudal (disambiguation)

Feudal can refer to:

  • Feudalism
  • Feudal, Saskatchewan, a village in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Feudal (game), boardgame by Avalon Hill/Hasbro
  • Corporation (feudal Europe)
  • Feudal baron and prescriptive barony
  • Demesne (feudal domain)
  • Feudal Japan
  • Feudal land tenure
Feudal (game)

Feudal is a chess-like board wargame originally published by 3M Company in 1967 as part of its bookshelf game series, and was reprinted by Avalon Hill after they purchased 3M's game division. The object of the game is to either occupy one's opponent's castle or to capture all of one's opponent's royalty. There are six sets of pieces in three shades each of blue and brown. Each set consists of thirteen figures, which are limited not only in their method of movement but also their range of attack, and a stationary castle piece. The play area consists of four plastic peg boards depicting empty, rough, and mountainous terrain.

Usage examples of "feudal".

In a variety of analogous forms in different countries throughout Europe, the patrimonial and absolutist state was the political form required to rule feudal social relations and relations of production.

The rise of the cities, the aggrandizement of the princes, and the change to a commercial from a feudal society all worked to the disadvantage of the smaller nobility and gentry.

This is a much neater place than the last, but the people look stupid and apathetic, and I wonder what they think of the men who have abolished the daimiyo and the feudal regime, have raised the eta to citizenship, and are hurrying the empire forward on the tracks of western civilisation!

The direct rule of a Christian Caimacam was an infringement on all the feudal rights of the Djinblats and Yezbecks, of the Talhooks and the Abdel-Maleks.

Sogosh belonged to the Og Bogon, a feudal empire of the Chumar peoples.

Whatever opinions may be formed of the monastic orders in relation to the present, this much is certain, that they were the chief civilizers of Europe, and the chief agents in delivering European society from feudal barbarism.

Whereupon, casting a look of leisurely scorn toward the guard coming up in the last beams of day, the Baron shrugged his huge shoulders to an altitude expressing the various contemptuous shades of feudal coxcombry, stuck one leather-ruffled arm in his side, and jolted off at an easy pace.

The revolution which has ended in the triumph of the Daimios over the Tycoon, is also the triumph of the vassal over his feudal lord, and is the harbinger of political life to the people at large.

Hence, the feudal baron is invested with his fief by the suzerain, holds it from him, and to him it escheats when forfeited or vacant.

Any man who really understands it does not see a Greek King sitting on an ivory throne, nor a feudal lord sitting on a faldstool but God in a primordial garden, granting the most gigantic of the joys of the children of men.

Society had outgrown the outward forms of feudalism, which like every system had its drawbacks, but it would seem as though it could never wholly outgrow the feudal principle.

All the great German emperors in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, who saw the evils of feudalism, and attempted to break it up and revive imperial Rome, became involved in quarrels with the chiefs of the religious society, and failed, because the interest of the Popes, as feudal sovereigns and Italian princes, and the interests of the dignified clergy, were for the time bound up with the feudal society, though their Roman culture and civilization made them at heart hostile to it.

When feudal ways took over from primitive clan ones, the slicks became the feudalistic lords.

Teyaspa was confined in the castle of Gleg the Zaporoskan, a fierce semibandit chief who had come into the valley of the Akrim many years before and set himself up as a feudal lord over the primitive Yuetshi, preying on them but not protecting them.

The Goshi are a kind of yeomen, or bonnet-lairds, as they would be called over the border, living on their own land, and owning no allegiance to any feudal lord.