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Definition of "serf" [serf]

  • A member of the lowest feudal class, attached to the land owned by a lord and required to perform labor in return for certain legal or customary rights. (noun)
  • An agricultural laborer under various similar systems, especially in 18th- and 19th-century Russia and eastern Europe. (noun)
  • A person in bondage or servitude. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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