sergeanty
noun (plural -geanties) Etymology: Middle English sergeantie, from Anglo-French sergantie, sergeantie, from sergant sergeant Date: 15th century any of numerous feudal services of a personal nature by which an estate is held of the king or other lord distinct from military tenure and from socage tenure

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  • Sergeanty — Ser geant*y, n. [Cf. OF. sergentie, LL. sergentia. See {Sergeant}.] (Eng. Law) Tenure of lands of the crown by an honorary kind of service not due to any lord, but to the king only. [Written also {serjeanty}.] [1913 Webster] {Grand sergeanty}, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sergeanty — /sahr jeuhn tee/, n. Medieval Eng. Law. serjeanty. * * * ▪ feudal law from Latin  serviens,  also spelled  sergeantry,  serjeanty , or  serjeantry        in European feudal society, a form of land tenure granted in return for the performance of a …   Universalium

  • Sergeanty — 1) A tenure in the Middle Ages; a freehold in return for which the tenant renders specified services or their monetary equivalent. (Hogue, Arthur R. Origins of the Common Law, 257) 2) A form of feudal tenure on condition of rendering some… …   Medieval glossary

  • sergeanty — ser·geanty …   English syllables

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  • Grand sergeanty — Sergeanty Ser geant*y, n. [Cf. OF. sergentie, LL. sergentia. See {Sergeant}.] (Eng. Law) Tenure of lands of the crown by an honorary kind of service not due to any lord, but to the king only. [Written also {serjeanty}.] [1913 Webster] {Grand… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Petit sergeanty — Sergeanty Ser geant*y, n. [Cf. OF. sergentie, LL. sergentia. See {Sergeant}.] (Eng. Law) Tenure of lands of the crown by an honorary kind of service not due to any lord, but to the king only. [Written also {serjeanty}.] [1913 Webster] {Grand… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grand sergeanty — noun or grand serjeanty Etymology: Middle English graunte sergeaunte, literally, large sergeanty, from Anglo French grand serjeanty : sergeanty requiring some special personal service to the king (as the carrying of his banner or his sword at… …   Useful english dictionary

  • petit sergeanty — ˈped.]ē, ˈpet], ]i noun Etymology: Anglo French petit serjeanty, literally, small sergeanty 1. : the rendering of an implement of war (as a bow, sword, lance) annually to the king in accordance with English feudal law 2. : the right to or the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • petty sergeanty — noun Etymology: by alteration (influenced by petty) (I) : petit sergeanty …   Useful english dictionary

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