villenage
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from vilein, vilain Date: 14th century 1. tenure at the will of a feudal lord by villein services 2. the status of a villein

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  • Villenage — Vil len*age, n. [See {Villanage}.] (Feudal Law) Villanage. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • villenage — Villanage Vil lan*age (?; 48), n. [OF. villenage, vilenage. See {Villain}.] 1. (Feudal Law) The state of a villain, or serf; base servitude; tenure on condition of doing the meanest services for the lord. [In this sense written also {villenage},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • villenage — noun In feudal times, the condition of a villein, one of the lowest class in a state of menial servitude …   Wiktionary

  • villenage — Synonyms and related words: absolutism, adverse possession, alodium, bond service, bondage, burgage, captivity, claim, colony, control, de facto, de jure, debt slavery, dependency, deprivation of freedom, derivative title, disenfranchisement,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • VILLENAGE —    in feudal times the condition of a villein, one of the lowest class in a state of menial servitude …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • villenage — vil·len·age …   English syllables

  • villenage — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pure villenage — Pure Pure, a. [Compar. {Purer}; superl. {Purest}.] [OE. pur, F. pur, fr. L. purus; akin to putus pure, clear, putare to clean, trim, prune, set in order, settle, reckon, consider, think, Skr. p? to clean, and perh. E. fire. Cf. {Putative}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • base tenure — Villenage …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Крестьяне — Содержание: 1) К. в Западной Европе. 2) История К. в России до освобождения (1861). 3) Экономическое положение К. после освобождения. 4) Современное административное устройство К. I. К. в Западной Европе. Судьбы крестьянского или земледельческого …   Энциклопедический словарь Ф.А. Брокгауза и И.А. Ефрона

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