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FIEF

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Originally appearing in Volume V10, Page 320 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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FIEF, a feudal estate in land, land held from a superior (see FEUDALISM). The word is the French form, which is represented in Medieval Latin as feudum or feodum, and in English as"fee" or " feu " (see FEE). The A.Fr. feoffer, to invest with a fief or fee, has given the English law terms" feoffee " and" feoffment (q.v.).
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