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  • n. Land held in feudal tenure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A free and gratuitous right to lands made to one for service to be performed by him; a tenure where the vassal, in place of military services, makes a return in grain or in money.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a feu of; vest in one who pays the annual feu-duty.
  • n. In Scots law: A free and gratuitous right to lands granted to one for service to be performed by him according to the proper tenure thereof; specifically, a right to the use and enjoyment of lands, houses, or other heritable subjects of perpetuity, in consideration of agricultural services or an annual payment in grain or money, called feu-duty, and certain other contingent burdens.
  • n. The land or piece of ground so held; a fief.


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  • No: of course o-Umlaut is pronounced like "eu" in the French word "feu" - there's nothing exactly like it in English.

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  • I leave these marvels to fictional characters as they are not necessary; even the most basic pot-au-feu is both the epitome of simplicity at its finest and a deeply satisfying comfort food.

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  • As a result of this, many believe the word is derived from the French word feu (meaning fire).


  • This might have been called a feu de joie, perhaps, but certainly not un feu d'artifice; for nothing could show less art than burning a banker's notes in order to destroy his credit.

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  • Ms Osler eventually tracked one down in Dieppe, where it was sold under the unpoetic name feu carmeliser.

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  • A private interment was to include a gun salute known as a feu de joie, performed by a firing party with the 1st Field Artillery Regiment based in Halifax.

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  • And in French they are called feu d’artifice, I say, in my best educator’s voice.


  • And further to this the Heritable Jurisdictions Act (Scotland) 1746 stripped the Laird or clan chief of his right to do anything other than receive a 'feu'.

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  • Any inhabitant of Worces - Members to be ter county, above the age of ten years, may, on such terms feu years '] etc.

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  • "feu" half in ridicule, because in 1458 he had lost his title and lands for treason.

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