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Meaning of LIEGE

Pronunciation:  lee'eyzh, leej

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  city in eastern Belgium; largest French-speaking city in Belgium
  2. [n]  a person holding a fief
  3. [adj]  owing or owed feudal allegiance and service; "one's liege lord"; "a liege subject"
 

LIEGE is a 5 letter word that starts with L.

 

 Synonyms: feudatory, liege subject, liegeman, loyal, Luik, vassal
 
 See Also: Belgique, Belgium, city, follower, Kingdom of Belgium, metropolis, urban center

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Liege\ (l[=e]j), a. [OE. lige, lege, F. lige, LL. ligius,
    legius, liege, unlimited, complete, prob. of German origin;
    cf. G. ledig free from bonds and obstacles, MHG. ledec,
    ledic, lidic, freed, loosed, and Charta Ottonis de Benthem,
    ann. 1253, ``ligius homo quod Teutonic[`e] dicitur
    ledigman,'' i. e., uni soli homagio obligatus, free from all
    obligations to others; influenced by L. ligare to bind. G.
    ledig perh. orig. meant, free to go where one pleases, and is
    perh. akin to E. lead to conduct. Cf. {Lead} to guide.]
    1. Sovereign; independent; having authority or right to
       allegiance; as, a liege lord. --Chaucer.
    
             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. --Burrill.
    
    {Liege homage} (Feudal Custom), that homage of one sovereign
       or prince to another which acknowledged an obligation of
       fealty and services.
    
    {Liege poustie} [L. legitima potestas] (Scots Law), perfect,
       i. e., legal, power; specif., having health requisite to
       do legal acts.
    
    {Liege widowhood}, perfect, i. e., pure, widowhood. [Obs.]
    
    
  2. \Liege\ (l[=e]j), n.
    1. A free and independent person; specif., a lord paramount;
       a sovereign. --Mrs. Browning.
    
             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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