in politics, a small territory or state between two larger, antagonistic powers and intended to minimize the possibility of conflict between them.
an official count of population, often also including other information about the population.
a legal document granted by a government to some group or agency to implement a stated purpose, and spelling out the attending rights and obligations.
concerning the decentralized medieval social system of personal obligations between rulers and ruled.
a poor person obligated to a fixed term of unpaid labor, often in exchange for a benefit such as transportation, protection, or training.
an economic arrangement by which a number of investors pool their capital for investment.
popular American term for an ethnically diverse population that is presumed to be "melting" toward some eventual commonality.
a frontier farmer who illegally occupied land owned by others or not yet officially opened for settlement.