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feudal

adjective     /ˈfjuː.dəl/
relating to the social system of Western Europe in the Middle Ages or any society that is organized according to rank . In a feudal society , people at one level of society receive land to live and work on from those higher than them in rank , and in return have to work for them and fight for them if necessary , sometimes also giving them some of the food they produce : the feudal system a feudal lord / kingdom / society Middle Ages (medieval Period) 501-1500 feudalism     /-ɪ.zəm/ noun [U] Middle Ages (medieval Period) 501-1500 → See also serf, vassal
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