See also: fée and Fee

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, from Old French fieu, fief (English fief), from Medieval Latin fevum, a variant of feudum, from Old Frankish *fehu (cattle, livestock), from Proto-Germanic *fehu (cattle, sheep), from Proto-Indo-European *peku-, *peḱu- (sheep). Cognate with Old High German fihu (cattle, neat), Old English feoh (cattle, property, money), Scots fe, fie (cattle, sheep, livestock, deer, goods, property, wealth, money, wages), West Frisian fee (livestock), Dutch vee (cattle, livestock), Low German fee (cattle, livestock, property), German Vieh (cattle, livestock), Danish (cattle, beast, dolt), Swedish (beast, cattle, dolt), Norwegian fe (cattle), Icelandic (livestock, assets, money), Latin pecū (cattle).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

fee (plural fees)

  1. (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.
  2. (law) An inheritable estate in land held of a feudal lord on condition of the performing of certain services.
  3. (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).
  4. (obsolete) Property; owndom; estate.
    • Wordsworth, On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic
      Once did she hold the gorgeous East in fee.
    • 1844, The Heritage, by James Russell Lowell
      What doth the poor man's son inherit? / Stout muscles and a sinewy heart, / A hardy frame, a hardier spirit; / King of two hands, he does his part / In every useful toil and art; / A heritage, it seems to me, / A king might wish to hold in fee.
    • 1915, W.S. Maugham, "Of Human Bondage", chapter 121:
      Cronshaw had told him that the facts of life mattered nothing to him who by the power of fancy held in fee the twin realms of space and time.
  5. (obsolete) Money paid or bestowed; payment; emolument.
  6. (obsolete) A prize or reward. Only used in the set phrase "A finder's fee" in Modern English.
  7. A monetary payment charged for professional services.
    • 2013 July 19, Peter Wilby, “Finland spreads word on schools”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 30: 
      Imagine a country where children do nothing but play until they start compulsory schooling at age seven. Then, without exception, they attend comprehensives until the age of 16. Charging school fees is illegal, and so is sorting pupils into ability groups by streaming or setting.

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TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

fee (third-person singular simple present fees, present participle feeing, simple past and past participle feed)

  1. To reward for services performed, or to be performed; to recompense; to hire or keep in hire; hence, to bribe.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Dryden
      The patient . . . fees the doctor.
    • (Can we date this quote?), William Shakespeare
      There's not a one of them but in his house I keep a servant feed.
    • Herman Melville, Omoo
      We departed the grounds without seeing Marbonna; and previous to vaulting over the picket, feed our pretty guide, after a fashion of our own.

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AfrikaansEdit

NounEdit

fee (plural feë, diminutive feetjie)

  1. fairy, pixie

Derived termsEdit

  • feeagtig

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

fee f (plural feeën, diminutive feetje n)

  1. fairy

LuxembourgishEdit

VerbEdit

fee

  1. second-person singular imperative of feeën

ManxEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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VerbEdit

fee

  1. to weave, knit
  2. to plait, braid
  3. to interlace, intertwine
  4. to mat

NounEdit

fee m

  1. Verbal noun of fee.

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

fee m

  1. genitive singular of feeagh
  2. plural form of feeagh

MutationEdit

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
fee ee vee
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

West FrisianEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Germanic; cognate with Dutch vee, German Fee and Icelandic

NounEdit

fee n

  1. livestock

Etymology 2Edit

From French fée

NounEdit

fee c (pl feeën)

  1. fairy
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