Definition of villein. Meaning of villein. Synonyms of villein

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Definition of villein

Villein
Villein Vil"lein, n. (Feudal Law) See Villain, 1.
villein
Villain Vil"lain, n. [OE. vilein, F. vilain, LL. villanus, from villa a village, L. villa a farm. See Villa.] 1. (Feudal Law) One who holds lands by a base, or servile, tenure, or in villenage; a feudal tenant of the lowest class, a bondman or servant. [In this sense written also villan, and villein.] If any of my ansectors was a tenant, and a servant, and held his lands as a villain to his lord, his posterity also must do so, though accidentally they become noble. --Jer. Taylor. Note: Villains were of two sorts; villains regardant, that is, annexed to the manor (LL. adscripti gleb[ae]); and villains in gross, that is, annexed to the person of their lord, and transferable from one to another. --Blackstone. 2. A baseborn or clownish person; a boor. [R.] Pour the blood of the villain in one basin, and the blood of the gentleman in another, what difference shall there be proved? --Becon. 3. A vile, wicked person; a man extremely depraved, and capable or guilty of great crimes; a deliberate scoundrel; a knave; a rascal; a scamp. Like a villain with a smiling cheek. --Shak. Calm, thinking villains, whom no faith could fix. --Pope.

Meaning of villein from wikipedia

- A villein, otherwise known as cottar, crofter, is a serf tied to the land in the feudal system. Villeins had more rights and social status than those in...
- only together with land (with the exception of the kholops in Russia and villeins in gross in England who could be traded like regular slaves), could be...
- used for the benefit of his household and dependents; Dependent (serf or villein) holdings carrying the obligation that the peasant household supply the...
- manor/Overlord/Vogt/Liege lord Esquire/Gentleman/Landed gentry Franklin/yeoman Free tenant/Husbandman Serf/Villein/bordar/cottar Domestic servant Vagabond Slave v t e...
- Furthermore, these villein tenancies were remarkably uniform in terms of size. Barring extreme cases, it is estimated that around 95% of all villein estates were...
- (prince) Ealdorman (prefect) High-reeve Reeve (bailiff) Thegn/housecarl (retainer) Churl (free tenant) Villein (serf) Cottar (cottager) Góp (slave) v t e...
- (prince) Ealdorman (prefect) High-reeve Reeve (bailiff) Thegn/housecarl (retainer) Churl (free tenant) Villein (serf) Cottar (cottager) Góp (slave) v t e...
- (prince) Ealdorman (prefect) High-reeve Reeve (bailiff) Thegn/housecarl (retainer) Churl (free tenant) Villein (serf) Cottar (cottager) Góp (slave) v t e...
- to their manorial lord. They were subject to fewer laws and ties than villeins. The term may also refer to the free peasants of the Kingdom of France...
- (prince) Ealdorman (prefect) High-reeve Reeve (bailiff) Thegn/housecarl (retainer) Churl (free tenant) Villein (serf) Cottar (cottager) Góp (slave) v t e...
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