fiefdom
noun see fief

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fiefdom — 1814, from FIEF (Cf. fief) + DOM (Cf. dom) …   Etymology dictionary

  • fiefdom — [fēf′dəm] n. 1. FIEF 2. anything under a person s complete control or authority …   English World dictionary

  • fiefdom — noun a) The estate controlled by a feudal lord; a fief. The dukes fiefdom had been greatly expanded as a reward for his dutiful military service on behalf of the king. b) Any organization in the control of a dominant …   Wiktionary

  • fiefdom — UK [ˈfiːfdəm] / US [ˈfɪfdəm] noun [countable] Word forms fiefdom : singular fiefdom plural fiefdoms mainly literary an area or organization that someone controls completely …   English dictionary

  • Fiefdom — Under the system of feudalism, a fiefdom, fief, feud, feoff, or fee, often consisted of inheritable lands or revenue producing property granted by a liege lord, generally to a vassal, in return for a form of allegiance, originally to give him the …   Wikipedia

  • fiefdom — /ˈfifdəm/ (say feefduhm) noun 1. a feudal lord s estate. 2. a powerful person s area of control: he regards the whole brewing industry as his fiefdom …   Australian English dictionary

  • fiefdom — fief ► NOUN 1) historical an estate of land held on condition of feudal service. 2) a person s sphere of operation or control. DERIVATIVES fiefdom noun. ORIGIN Old French, variant of feu «fee» …   English terms dictionary

  • fiefdom — /feef deuhm/, n. 1. the estate or domain of a feudal lord. 2. Informal. anything, as an organization or real estate, owned or controlled by one dominant person or group. [1805 15; FIEF + DOM] * * * …   Universalium

  • fiefdom — Synonyms and related words: adverse possession, alodium, burgage, claim, colony, de facto, de jure, dependency, derivative title, fee fief, fee position, fee simple, fee simple absolute, fee simple conditional, fee simple defeasible, fee simple… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fiefdom — fief|dom [ fifdəm ] noun count MAINLY LITERARY an area or organization that someone controls completely …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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