Definitions of feudal system

  1. the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th C; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A form of government formerly subsisting in Europe, and which forms the basis of many European forms and customs. According to this system, persons holding in feud or fee were bound by an oath of fealty to serve the owner of the fee simple at home or abroad in all wars and military expeditions when required. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. (Hist.) A system in which the sovereign is regarded as the proprietor of all lands, the holders paying him homage and swearing featly or faith. The chief is thus suzerain, and the tenant is his vassal. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy