Definition of sub-fief in English:

sub-fief

noun

Feudal Law
historical
  • A fief which is held from an intermediary instead of the original feoffor; territory held in fee. Chiefly German History: a minor state subject to a more important state rather than directly to the crown.

Origin

Early 18th century. From sub- + fief, originally after Italian suffeudo. Compare German Afterlehen.

Pronunciation

sub-fief

/ˈsʌbfiːf/