fee etymology

English word fee comes from Proto-Indo-European *peḱ-, Old French (842-ca. 1400) fief, and later Proto-Indo-European *péḱu (Livestock.)

Detailed word origin of fee

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*peḱ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
fief Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
*peku- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*péḱu Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Livestock.
*fehu Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (Runic alphabet) name of the F-rune (ᚠ). Livestock, cattle. Property.
feoh Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Livestock, cattle. Money. Property. The runic character ᚠ (/f/).
*fehu Frankish (frk) Cattle, sheep.
*feus Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
fieu Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Fief.
feoh Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
fee English (eng) (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.. (legal) 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).. (legal) An inheritable estate in land held of a feudal lord on condition of the [...]

Words with the same origin as fee

Descendants of *peḱ-
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