Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to feudalism, feudal.
  • n. A feudal vassal.
  • n. A fee paid by such a vassal to hold land.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Held from another on some conditional tenure.
  • n. A tenant or vassal who held his lands of a superior on condition of feudal service; the tenant of a feud or fief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Holding or held from another on feudal tenure. See feudal.
  • n. A tenant or vassal holding his lands of a superior on condition of military or feudal service; the tenant of a feud or fief. See feudal.
  • n. A fief.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. owing feudal allegiance to or being subject to a sovereign
  • n. a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
  • adj. of or pertaining to the relation of a feudal vassal to his lord

Etymologies

Medieval Latin feudatōrius, from feudātus, past participle of feudāre, to enfeoff, from feudum, fee, fief; see feud2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin feudātōrius, from the Mediaeval Latin feudāre ("to enfeoff"), from feudum, feodum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • There is a prodigious difference between the oblat of a saint and the feudatory of a bishop.

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  • He declared himself feudatory lieutenant of the pope, paid about eight thousand pounds sterling in ready money to the legate

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  • Duke Robert, oblat of the Church, was therefore no feudatory of the pope; he could not be so, since the popes were not the sovereigns of Rome.

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  • They were declared vassals of the empire; but the emperor, Henry III., discontented with these feudatory conquerors, engaged Leo IX. to launch the excommunication at the head of an army of Germans.

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  • They were the property of his feudatory, the (black) “Marquess of Pemba” (Bembe):

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  • There were ladies in search of necklaces, and men, it seemed to Kim — but his mind may have been vitiated by early training — in search of the ladies; natives from independent and feudatory Courts whose ostensible business was the repair of broken necklaces — rivers of light poured out upon the table — but whose true end seemed to be to raise money for angry

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  • Pyramid developed a general of unusual prowess called Tezozomoc, and under his leadership the Cactus People extended their fringe of feudatory states almost to Guadalajara.

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  • Before the Basha had left Tripoli he had been engaged in communications with Muley Hamid, the then King of Tunis, who was feudatory of Spain.

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