from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. by the laws of England, one who holds immediately of the king. According to the feudal system, all lands in England are considered as held immediately or mediately of the king, who is styled lord paramount. Such tenants, however, are considered as having the fee of the lands and permanent possession.
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Of land directly acquired from the king, the person to whom the grant or feoffment was made, the feoffee, held as tenant in capite of the Crown.
If the tenant in capite made a feoffment, he became immediate lord of his feoffee, and as to the king a mediate lord.