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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law A grant of lands as a fee.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The grant of a feud or fee.
  • n. A gift or conveyance in fee of land or other corporeal hereditaments, accompanied by actual delivery of possession.
  • n. The instrument or deed by which corporeal hereditaments are conveyed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The grant of a feud or fee.
  • n. A gift or conveyance in fee of land or other corporeal hereditaments, accompanied by actual delivery of possession.
  • n. The instrument or deed by which corporeal hereditaments are conveyed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law:
  • n. Originally, the gift of a fief or feud.
  • n. The conveyance of land by investiture, or words of donation, accompanied by livery of seizin; also, the document making such conveyance.
  • n. A like transfer or creation of any corporeal hereditament or freehold estate.

Etymologies

Middle English feffement, from Anglo-Norman feoffement, from feoffer, to put in legal possession, from Old French fief, fief; see fee.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French feoffement, fieffement; compare Latin feoffamentum. (Wiktionary)

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