Webster 1913 Edition
feoh, cattle, property, money, fief, AS.
feohcattle, property, money; the senses of “property, money,” arising from cattle being used in early times as a medium of exchange or payment, property chiefly consisting of cattle; akin to OS.
fehucattle, property, D.
fēcattle, property, money, Goth.
pecuniaproperty, money, Skr.
paçucattle, perh. orig., “a fastened or tethered animal,” from a root signifying
to bind, and perh. akin to E.
fair, a.; cf. OF.
fief, from German, of the same origin. the sense
fiefis due to the French. √249. Cf.
property; possession; tenure.“Laden with rich fee.”
Once did she hold the gorgeous East in
Reward or compensation for services rendered or to be rendered; especially, payment for professional services, of optional amount, or fixed by custom or laws; charge; pay; perquisite;
feesof lawyers and physicians; the
feesof office; clerk’s
To plead for love deserves more
A right to the use of a superior's land, as a stipend for services to be performed; also, the land so held; a fief.
An estate of inheritance supposed to be held either mediately or immediately from the sovereign, and absolutely vested in the owner.
☞ All the land in England, except the crown land, is of this kind. An absolute fee, or fee simple, is land which a man holds to himself and his heirs forever, who are called tenants in fee simple. In modern writers, by fee is usually meant fee simple. A limited fee may be a qualified or base fee, which ceases with the existence of certain conditions; or a conditional fee, or fee tail, which is limited to particular heirs.
An estate of inheritance belonging to the owner, and transmissible to his heirs, absolutely and simply, without condition attached to the tenure.
land or tenements held in fee in consideration or some acknowledgment or service rendered to the lord.–
land held of another in fee, in consideration of an annual rent, without homage, fealty, or any other service than that mentioned in the feoffment; an estate in fee simple, subject to a perpetual rent.
Fee farm rent
a perpetual rent reserved upon a conveyance in fee simple.–
certain court dues out of which the clerks and other court officers are paid.–
an absolute fee; a fee without conditions or limits.
an estate of inheritance, limited and restrained to some particular heirs.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To reward for services performed, or to be performed; to recompense; to hire or keep in hire; hence, to bribe.
The patient . . .
There's not a one of them but in his house
I keep a servant
I keep a servant
Webster 1828 Edition
A reward or compensation for services; recompense, either gratuitous, or established by law and claimed of right. It is applied particularly to the reward of professional services; as the fees of lawyers and physicians; the fees of office; clerk's fees; sheriff's fees; marriage fees, &c. Many of these are fixed by law; but gratuities to professional men are also called fees.
Primarily, a loan of land, an estate in trust, granted by a prince or lord, to be held by the grantee on condition of personal service, or other condition; and if the grantee or tenant failed to perform the conditions, the land reverted to the lord or donor, called the landlord, or lend-lord, the lord of the loan. A fee then is any land or tenement held of a superior on certain conditions. It is synonymous with fief and feud. All the land in England, except the crown land, is of this kind. Fees are absolute or limited. An absolute fee or fee-simple is land which a man holds to himself and his heirs forever, who are called tenants in fee simple. Hence in modern times, the term fee or fee simple denotes an estate of inheritance; and in America, where lands are not generally held of a superior, a fee or fee simple is an estate in which the owner has the whole property without any condition annexed to the tenure. A limited fee is an estate limited or clogged with certain conditions; as a qualified or base fee, which ceases with the existence of certain conditions; and a conditional fee, which is limited to particular heirs.
In the United States, an estate in fee or fee simple is what is called in English law an allodial estate, an estate held by a person in his own right, and descendible to the heirs in general.