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Definition of "feudatory" [feu•da•to•ry]

  • A person holding land by feudal fee; a vassal. (noun)
  • A feudal fee. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of the feudal relationship between vassal and lord. (adjective)
  • Owing feudal homage or allegiance. (adjective)

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.

Use "feudatory" in a sentence
  • "The Bakufu insisted that to convey such a document direct from the Throne to a feudatory was a plain trespass upon the shogun's authority."
  • "The following information concerning the government, &c., of fairyland, is taken from Aytoun: -- The queen of fairyland was a kind of feudatory sovereign under Satan, to whom she was obliged to pay _kave_, or tithe in kind; and, as her own fairy subjects strongly objected to transfer their allegiance, the quota was usually made up in children who had been stolen before the rite of baptism had been administered to them."
  • "There is a prodigious difference between the oblat of a saint and the feudatory of a bishop."