Definition of feudalism in US English:



  • The dominant social system in medieval Europe, in which the nobility held lands from the Crown in exchange for military service, and vassals were in turn tenants of the nobles, while the peasants (villeins or serfs) were obliged to live on their lord's land and give him homage, labor, and a share of the produce, notionally in exchange for military protection.

    • ‘What mattered about 1066 was that it brought both Norman kingship and French feudalism into England.’
    • ‘Both had called for redemption of dues and abolition of serfdom and labour services; but others saw that feudalism did not end there.’
    • ‘Of course, if we were to ask a medieval king to describe feudalism, he would not really know what it was we were asking of him.’
    • ‘Feudal services and the whole concept of feudalism kept the peasant poor.’
    • ‘In Britain it was not until after the Norman Conquest that a full system of feudalism came into existence.’
    • ‘There were also refinements, if not the introduction, of the system of landholding and social relations known as feudalism.’
    • ‘Increasing attention is being paid to the fact that, initially, modern states were not the only dominant units to emerge from feudalism.’
    • ‘Out of the creation of villages and the granting of lands after military conquest came the institution of feudalism.’
    • ‘This abolition of feudalism resulted in a controlled taxation system.’
    • ‘This development of commercial capitalism in the early C17th makes a link with Medieval feudalism untenable.’
    • ‘In China, feudalism, as a social system, collapsed nearly a century ago when the country became a republic in 1911.’
    • ‘Feudalism, European feudalism, was based on the Code of Diocletian which has this embedded in it.’
    • ‘To this list we may add political ideologies like socialism, democracy or feudalism which animate peoples and governments of the region.’
    • ‘Societies became marked, first, by feudalism, in which control was exercised through the nobility.’
    • ‘This was the antithesis of centralized bureaucratic feudalism in China.’
    • ‘Manorialism and feudalism presupposed a stable social order in which every individual knew their place.’
    • ‘Under the feudalism of medieval Europe, for example, the peasants worked while the lords ruled and were free from the burden of work.’
    • ‘It was consequently a system in many respects more feudal than feudalism.’
    • ‘The revolution had overthrown the brutal domination of feudalism and ended crown monopolies over trade.’
    • ‘The point I am trying to make to you is that notions of allegiance come out of English medieval feudalism.’