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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lord or sovereign to whom allegiance and service are due according to feudal law.
  • n. A vassal or subject owing allegiance and services to a lord or sovereign under feudal law.
  • n. A loyal subject to a monarch.
  • adj. Entitled to the loyalty and services of vassals or subjects: a liege lord.
  • adj. Bound to give such allegiance and services to a lord or monarch.
  • adj. Loyal; faithful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A free and independent person; specifically, a lord paramount; a sovereign.
  • n. The subject of a sovereign or lord; a liegeman.
  • adj. Sovereign; independent; having authority or right to allegiance; as, a liege lord.
  • adj. Serving an independent sovereign or master; bound by a feudal tenure; obliged to be faithful and loyal to a superior, as a vassal to his lord; faithful; loyal; as, a liege man; a liege subject.
  • adj. Full; perfect; complete; pure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sovereign; independent; having authority or right to allegiance.
  • adj. serving an independent sovereign or master; bound by a feudal tenure; obliged to be faithful and loyal to a superior, as a vassal to his lord; faithful; loyal
  • adj. Full; perfect; complete; pure.
  • n. A free and independent person; specif., a lord paramount; a sovereign.
  • n. The subject of a sovereign or lord; a liegeman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Free; specifically, free from obligation to service except as within the relations of lord and vassal: as, a liege lord, a liege man (correlative terms implying protection on the one side and service on the other, as against all other claims).
  • Of or pertaining to the tie reciprocally connecting vassal and chief: as, liege vassalage.
  • n. A liegeman; a subject; a vassal; hence, a law-abiding citizen; a peaceably disposed person: as, to disturb the lieges.
  • n. A liege lord; one to whom another is bound in fealty or vassalage; a sovereign lord or feudal superior; a lord paramount.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. city in eastern Belgium; largest French-speaking city in Belgium
  • adj. owing or owed feudal allegiance and service
  • n. a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service
  • n. a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, entitled to feudal allegiance, from Late Latin laeticus, being a semifree colonist in Gaul, from laetus, a semifree colonist, of Germanic origin; see lē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English lege, lige, liege, from Anglo-Norman lige, from Old French liege ("liege, free"), from Middle High German ledic, ledec ("free, empty, vacant") (Modern German ledig ("unmarried")) from Proto-Germanic *liþugaz (“flexible, free, unoccupied”). Akin to Old Frisian leþeg, leþoch ("free"), Old English liþiġ ("flexible"), Old Norse liðugr ("free, unhindered"), Middle Dutch ledich ("idle, unemployed") (Dutch ledig ("empty") and leeg ("empty")), Middle English lethi ("unoccupied, at leisure"). (Wiktionary)

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