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.
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.