Liege homage
Liege Liege (l[=e]j), a. [OE. lige, lege, F. lige, LL. ligius, legius, liege, unlimited, complete, prob. of German origin; cf. G. ledig free from bonds and obstacles, MHG. ledec, ledic, lidic, freed, loosed, and Charta Ottonis de Benthem, ann. 1253, ``ligius homo quod Teutonic[`e] dicitur ledigman,'' i. e., uni soli homagio obligatus, free from all obligations to others; influenced by L. ligare to bind. G. ledig perh. orig. meant, free to go where one pleases, and is perh. akin to E. lead to conduct. Cf. {Lead} to guide.] 1. Sovereign; independent; having authority or right to allegiance; as, a liege lord. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

She looked as grand as doomsday and as grave; And he, he reverenced his liege lady there. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. serving an independent sovereign or master; bound by a feudal tenure; obliged to be faithful and loyal to a superior, as a vassal to his lord; faithful; loyal; as, a liege man; a liege subject. [1913 Webster]

3. (Old Law) Full; perfect; complete; pure. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

{Liege homage} (Feudal Custom), that homage of one sovereign or prince to another which acknowledged an obligation of fealty and services.

{Liege poustie} [L. legitima potestas] (Scots Law), perfect, i. e., legal, power; specif., having health requisite to do legal acts.

{Liege widowhood}, perfect, i. e., pure, widowhood. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • liege homage — /liyzh (hJomaj/liyjV. Homage which, when performed by one sovereign prince to another, included fealty and services, as opposed to simple homage, which was a mere acknowledgment of tenure …   Black's law dictionary

  • liege homage — /liyzh (hJomaj/liyjV. Homage which, when performed by one sovereign prince to another, included fealty and services, as opposed to simple homage, which was a mere acknowledgment of tenure …   Black's law dictionary

  • liege homage — Such homage or allegiance as was due the king alone, irrespective of tenure. See 1 Bl Comm 367 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Liege — (l[=e]j), a. [OE. lige, lege, F. lige, LL. ligius, legius, liege, unlimited, complete, prob. of German origin; cf. G. ledig free from bonds and obstacles, MHG. ledec, ledic, lidic, freed, loosed, and Charta Ottonis de Benthem, ann. 1253, ligius… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Liege poustie — Liege Liege (l[=e]j), a. [OE. lige, lege, F. lige, LL. ligius, legius, liege, unlimited, complete, prob. of German origin; cf. G. ledig free from bonds and obstacles, MHG. ledec, ledic, lidic, freed, loosed, and Charta Ottonis de Benthem, ann.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Liege widowhood — Liege Liege (l[=e]j), a. [OE. lige, lege, F. lige, LL. ligius, legius, liege, unlimited, complete, prob. of German origin; cf. G. ledig free from bonds and obstacles, MHG. ledec, ledic, lidic, freed, loosed, and Charta Ottonis de Benthem, ann.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • homage — /(h)amaj/ In feudal law, a service (or the ceremony of rendering it) which a tenant was bound to perform to his lord on receiving investiture of a fee, or succeeding to it as heir, in acknowledgment of the tenure. It is described as the most… …   Black's law dictionary

  • homage — /(h)amaj/ In feudal law, a service (or the ceremony of rendering it) which a tenant was bound to perform to his lord on receiving investiture of a fee, or succeeding to it as heir, in acknowledgment of the tenure. It is described as the most… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Homage (medieval) — For other related uses see commendation ceremony and homage (disambiguation) Homage in the Middle Ages was the ceremony in which a feudal tenant or vassal pledged reverence and submission to his feudal lord, receiving in exchange the symbolic… …   Wikipedia

  • Homage — The ceremony by which a vassal pledges his fealty to his liege, and acknowledges all other feudal obligations, in return for a grant of land. The public pronouncement of a vassal to his lord where he swore to become ‘his man’, an oath that… …   Medieval glossary

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