• (law) An estate of inheritance in land, either absolute and without limitation to any particular class of heirs (fee simple) or limited to a particular class of heirs (fee tail).
  • (obsolete) A prize or reward. Only used in the set phrase "A finder's fee" in Modern English.
  • (law) An inheritable estate in land held of a feudal lord on condition of the performing of certain services.
  • (obsolete) Money paid or bestowed; payment; emolument.
  • (feudal law) 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.
  • (obsolete) Property; owndom; estate.
  • A monetary payment charged for professional services.


  • To reward for services performed, or to be performed; to recompense; to hire or keep in hire; hence, to bribe.

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