fee

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

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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Verb[edit]

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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Afrikaans[edit]

Noun[edit]

fee (plural feë, diminutive feetjie)

  1. fairy, pixie

Derived terms[edit]

  • feeagtig

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fee f (plural feeën, diminutive feetje n)

  1. fairy

Luxembourgish[edit]

Verb[edit]

fee

  1. second-person singular imperative of feeën

Manx[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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Verb[edit]

fee

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

Noun[edit]

fee m

  1. Verbal noun of fee.

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

fee m

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

Mutation[edit]

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 Frisian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Frisian fia, from Proto-Germanic *fehu, from Proto-Indo-European *peḱu- (livestock); cognate with English fee, Dutch vee, Low German Veeh, German Vieh, Danish and Icelandic .

Noun[edit]

fee n

  1. livestock

Etymology 2[edit]

From French fée

Noun[edit]

fee c (pl feeën)

  1. fairy