Definitions

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  • n. a vassal or tenant in the early Middle Ages

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Middle English forms of lewd.

Etymologies

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1750, from Medieval Latin leudēs (pl., "vassals or followers of the king"), from Frankish *leudi (pl., "people of a leader"), from Proto-Germanic *liudiz (“people”), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)lewədh- (“man, people”). Cognate with Old High German liuti ("people, subordinates"), Burgundian leudis ("the general public"), Old English lēod ("chief, man"). More at leod.

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