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VILLEIN

 Dictionary entry overview: What does villein mean? 

VILLEIN (noun)
  The noun VILLEIN has 1 sense:

1. (Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord

  Familiarity information: VILLEIN used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


VILLEIN (noun)


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Meaning:

(Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

helot; serf; villein

Hypernyms ("villein" is a kind of...):

thrall (someone held in bondage)

Domain category:

Dark Ages; Middle Ages (the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance)

Domain region:

Europe (the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use 'Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "villein"):

cotter; cottier (a medieval English villein)


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