Liege

Definition of Liege

Pronunciation: lēj
a.1.Sovereign; independent; having authority or right to allegiance; as, a liege lord.
She looked as grand as doomsday and as grave;
And he, he reverenced his liege lady there.
- Tennyson.
2.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.
3.(Old Law) Full; perfect; complete; pure.
Liege homage
(Feudal Custom) that homage of one sovereign or prince to another which acknowledged an obligation of fealty and services.
Liege poustie
(Scots Law) perfect, i. e., legal, power; specif., having health requisite to do legal acts.
Liege widowhood
perfect, i. e., pure, widowhood.
n.1.A free and independent person; specif., a lord paramount; a sovereign.
The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans,
Liege of all loiterers and malcontents.
- Shak.
2.The subject of a sovereign or lord; a liegeman.
A liege lord seems to have been a lord of a free band; and his lieges, though serving under him, were privileged men, free from all other obligations, their name being due to their freedom, not to their service.
- Skeat.

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