from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of a class of feudal serfs who held the legal status of freemen in their dealings with all people except their lord.
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- n. A feudal tenant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See villain, 1.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See villain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord
Middle English vilein; see villain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman villein, variant of villain; from Medieval Latin villanus "field hand", from Latin villa "country home". (Wiktionary)