transitive verb Etymology: Middle English enfeoffen, from Anglo-French enfeffer, enfeoffer, from en- + fé, fief fief Date: 15th century to invest with a fief or fee • enfeoffment noun

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  • enfeoff — en·feoff /en fef, fēf/ vt [Anglo French enfeoffer, from Old French en , causative prefix + fief fief]: to invest (a person) with a freehold estate by feoffment Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. enfeo …   Law dictionary

  • Enfeoff — En*feoff (?; see {Feoff}, 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enfeoffed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enfeoffing}.] [Pref. en + feoff, fief: cf. LL. infeofare, OF. enfeffer, enfeofer.] 1. (Law) To give a feud, or right in land, to; to invest with a fief or fee; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enfeoff — [en fef′, enfēf′] vt. [ME enfeffen (Anglo Fr enfeoffer) < OFr enfeffer: see EN 1 & FIEF] Law to invest with an estate held in fee enfeoffment n …   English World dictionary

  • Enfeoff — To put a person in possession of land in fee simple. Thus a tenant in chief would enfeoff subtenants (this was known as subinfeudation ) who would be required to provide the knightly services which the tenant in chief was in turn required to… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • enfeoff — enfeoffment, n. /en fef , feef /, v.t. 1. to invest with a freehold estate in land. 2. to give as a fief. [1350 1400; ME enfe(o)ffen < AF enfe(o)ffer, equiv. to en EN 1 + OF fiefer, fiever, deriv. of fief FIEF] * * * …   Universalium

  • enfeoff — verb To put (a person) in legal possession of a freehold interest; to transfer a fief to …   Wiktionary

  • enfeoff — en·feoff || ɪn fef v. reward with a fief, reward with a piece of land (during the Middle Ages) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • enfeoff — [ɪn fi:f, fɛf, ɛn ] verb (under the feudal system) give freehold property or land in exchange for a pledge of service. Derivatives enfeoffment noun Origin ME: from Anglo Norman Fr. enfeoffer, from OFr. en in + fief fief ; cf. feoffment …   English new terms dictionary

  • Enfeoff — To take someone into vassalage where they will render a certain service in return for a fee or fief …   Medieval glossary

  • enfeoff — en·feoff …   English syllables

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