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From Old English ġenēat (companion, follower, follower in battle; dependant, vassal, tenant who works for a lord), from Proto-Germanic *ganautaz (comrade), from Proto-Indo-European *newd- (to acquire, make use of). Cognate with West Frisian genoat (comrade, companion), Dutch genoot (companion, mate), German Genosse (companion, comrade, fellow), Icelandic nautur (comrade, companion, fellow). More at note, neat.


geneat (plural geneat or geneats)

  1. (historical) A retainer; vassal; one who holds lands of a superior either by service or payment of rent.
    • 1861, C. H. Pearson, Early & Middle Ages Eng. I. 201:
      The tenants, cotsetlas, geburs, and geneats, were the highest among the semiservile.
    • 1872, E. W. Robertson, Hist. Ess. 101:
      The right of the husbandman was a share right, his name was Geneat or sharer in the vill.
    • 1892, F. Seebohm in Hist. Rev. July 458:
      In each manor there is the same division into land in demesne and land in villainage, the inland and the geneat land.

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