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- n. A person ranking below villeins and above serfs in the social hierarchy of a manor, holding just enough land to feed a family (about 5 acres) and required to provide labour on the demesne on specified days of the week.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A villein who rendered menial service for his cottage; a cottier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Norman times, in England, a villein who held a cot at his lord's pleasure, usually with a small holding of land in the open field, for which he rendered menial service; a cottar.
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