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

  • n. The estate or domain of a feudal lord.
  • n. Something over which one dominant person or group exercises control: "long the independent head of a powerful fiefdom within the Police Department” ( David Burnham).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The estate controlled by a feudal lord; a fief.
  • n. Any organization in the control of a dominant individual. Primarily used with a critical or pejorative connotation.

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

  • n. the domain controlled by a feudal lord
  • n. an organization that is controlled by a dominant person or group


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  • Consolidation of the two cities has been blocked in the past because of "fiefdom" protection.


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