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  • n. Plural form of villein.

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Examples

  • If, as some contend, the condition of enslavement be indicative of descent from Canaan, the rule will render a large portion of the present English and Americans such descendants, for it is only a few years since a multitude of their British ancestors were absolute slaves under the name of "villeins" -- also the same rule will render most of the present Russians, Poles, Georgians,

    A condensed anti-slavery Bible argument, by

  • Another very important distinction between the free tenants and the villeins was the payment of _merchet_ on the marriage of daughters, which signified that the offspring of such marriages would be the lawful property of the lord.

    The Customs of Old England

  • Next to the villeins were the _bordarii_, who lived in _bords_ or cottages, _i. e._ boarded or wooden huts, and ranked as a lower grade of villeins.

    English Villages

  • And I think the comparison with the reaction of the red shirt "villeins" to Newin is somewhat unfair, given that he is still very much alive.

    Asian Correspondent: Bangkok Pundit

  • For that matter, the professional men and the artists are at this present moment villeins in everything but name, while the politicians are henchmen.

    Chapter 9: The Mathematics of a Dream

  • I spoke of the professional men and the artists as villeins.

    Chapter 9: The Mathematics of a Dream

  • ** Serfs, villeins, and bordars of the world, unite!

    Alternative vote yes campaign hitches itself to royal wedding

  • They became villeins, in short -- serfs bound to the soil by a living wage.

    Chapter 13: The General Strike

  • The villeins of the manorial estates, of the great farms, the mines, and the forests.

    A REVIEW

  • The villeins of the cities and towns who do unskilled work and are unprotected by organization.

    A REVIEW

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