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liege

PRONUNCIATION:
(leej, leezh)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A feudal lord.
2. A vassal or subject.

adjective:
1. Pertaining to the relationship between a feudal vassal and lord.
2. Loyal; faithful.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French lige, from Latin laetus (serf). Earliest documented use: 1297.

USAGE:
"I am not worthy to buckle your shoe, my liege. Please would you spit on me?"
Nathan Bevan; If It's On, He's On It; Wales On Sunday (Cardiff); Feb 28, 2010.

"AT&T is demanding that repair crews from the regional Bell telephone companies place Velcro patches bearing the AT&T emblem on their uniforms. 'We told them, "We are not your liege,"' recalled Thomas Hester, the general counsel of the Ameritech Corporation."
Mark Landler; After the Bells and Their New Rivals Have It Out; The New York Times; Jul 15, 1996.

See more usage examples of liege in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought. -Matsuo Basho, poet (1644-1694)

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