liege man
noun Date: 14th century 1. vassal 2. a devoted follower

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  • liege|man — «LEEJ muhn», noun, plural men. 1. = vassal. (Cf. ↑vassal) 2. Figurative. a faithful follower: »sworn liegemen of the Cross (John Keble) …   Useful english dictionary

  • liege man — noun Etymology: Middle English 1. : a vassal serving his lord under a solemn obligation and entitled to receive protection from him you shall become true liege men to his crown Shakespeare 2. : a devoted adherent and follower he s the liege man… …   Useful english 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 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.… …   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

  • liege — (adj.) word used by a vassal to address his superior or lord in the feudal system, c.1300, from Anglo Fr. lige (late 13c.), O.Fr. lige (feudal) liege, free, giving or receiving fidelity, perhaps from L.L. laeticus cultivated by serfs, from laetus …   Etymology dictionary

  • liege — 1. noun a) A free and independent person; specifically, a lord paramount; a sovereign. b) The subject of a sovereign or lord; a liegeman. 2. adjective a) Sovereign; independent; having authority or right to allegiance; as, a liege lord …   Wiktionary

  • liege — Synonyms and related words: ardent, bondmaid, bondman, bondslave, bondsman, bondswoman, boss, bwana, captive, chattel, chattel slave, chef, chief, church dignitary, churl, client, concubine, constant, creature, debt slave, dependent, ecclesiarch …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Liege & Lief — Infobox Album | Name = Liege Lief Type = studio Artist = Fairport Convention Released = December 1969 July 1970 (USA) Recorded = October 16, 19, 22, 29 and November 1 1969, Sound Techniques, London Genre = Electric folk Length = 40:33 Label =… …   Wikipedia

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