Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A fee.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    This word (meaning a feud or fee) is the one most commonly used by the older English law-writers, though Its equivalent, "feudum," is usedgenerally by the more modern writers and by the feudal law-writers. Litt. § 1; Spelman. There were various classes of feoda, among which may be enumerated the following: Feodum lai-cum, a lay fee. Feodum militare, a knight's fee. Feodum improprium, an improper or derivative fee. Feodum proprium, a proper and original fee, regulated by the strict rules of feudal succession and tenure. Feodum simplex, a simple or pure fee; fee-simple. Feodum talliatum, a fee-toil. See 2 Bl. Comm. 58, 62; Litt §§ 1, 13; Bract fol. 175; Gian. 13, 23. In old English law. A seigniory or Jurisdiction. Fleta, llb. 2, c. 63, § 4. A fee; a perquisite or compensation for a service. Fleta, 11b. 2, c. 7.
    —Feodum antiquum. A feud which devolved upon a vassal from his intestate ancestor.
    —Feodum nobile. A fief for which the tenant did guard and owed homage. Spelman.
    —Feodum novum. A feud acquired by a vassal himself.