One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(under the feudal system) the granting of an estate to be held in fee.
- ‘Such a status of infeudation is constitutive of the postcard.’
- ‘Most of the families incur debt with the few wealthy ones, creating conditions which result in a new infeudation by the Piantanida and Clerici families.’
- ‘The statute of Quia Emptores (1290) abolished Sub-Infeudation in England.’
Late 15th century: from medieval Latin infeudatio(n-), from infeudare ‘enfeoff’ (based on feudum ‘fee’).
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