One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(under the feudal system) give (someone) freehold property or land in exchange for their pledged service.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 Montbegans son, John, enfeoffed the second William de Beaumont in land at Whitley.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French enfeoffer, from Old French en- ‘in’ + fief ‘fief’. Compare with feoffment.
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