Definition of enfeoff in US English:



[with object]
  • (under the feudal system) give (someone) freehold property or land in exchange for their pledged service.

    ‘he enfeoffed trustees with the lands’
    ‘the enfeoffed knights and overlords’
    • ‘Over the next two centuries, knights were enfeoffed with land, becoming more fully involved in landed society and royal administration in the localities.’
    • ‘Roger de Montbegan’s son, John, enfeoffed the second William de Beaumont in land at Whitley.’
    • ‘The other group of knights were the ‘enfeoffed’ knights, who after a period of military service were granted land, and then continued to serve or paid rents or rendered other services to the King.’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French enfeoffer, from Old French en- ‘in’ + fief ‘fief’. Compare with feoffment.