Definition of feoffee in English:



  • 1A trustee invested with a freehold estate to hold in possession for a purpose.

    • ‘He became a legal advisor to Lord FitzWalter and later to his son, as well as a feoffee of the FitzWalter estates; he similarly served the Earl of Oxford, who had landed and commercial interests in Maldon.’
    • ‘The feoffees' secretary, Campbell Higgins, said the market operator still owed an unspecified amount of money.’
    1. 1.1historical (in feudal law) a person to whom a grant of freehold property is made.
      • ‘The Sunday market was renting land owned by the feoffees, an ancient feudal society with land rights.’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French feoffe enfeoffed past participle of feoffer, variant of Old French fieffer (see feoffment).