a house or place of residence occupied by a community of persons, esp. monks, living in seclusion under religious vows
social-political arrangement based on land ownership of the top level of people
any system of persons or things ranked one above another
a fee or feud held of a feudal lord; a tenure of land subject to feudal obligations
(in the feudal system) a person granted the use of land, in return for rendering homage, fealty, and usually military service or its equivalent to a lord or other superior; feudal tenant.
a mounted soldier serving under a feudal superior in the Middle Ages
a person in a condition of servitude, required to render services to a lord, commonly attached to the lord's land and transferred with it from one owner to another
a union of people who practice a trade