a charge or payment for professional services:
a doctor’s fee.
a sum paid or charged for a privilege:
an admission fee.
a charge allowed by law for the service of a public officer.
a gratuity; tip.
verb (used with object), feed, feeing.
to give a fee to.
Chiefly Scot. to hire; employ.
a payment asked by professional people or public servants for their services: a doctor’s fee, school fees
a charge made for a privilege: an entrance fee
(in feudal Europe) the land granted by a lord to his vassal
an obsolete word for a gratuity
verb fees, feeing, feed
(rare) to give a fee to
(mainly Scot) to hire for a fee
late 13c., from Old French fieu, fief “fief, possession, holding, domain; feudal duties, payment,” from Medieval Latin feodum “land or other property whose use is granted in return for service,” widely said to be from Frankish *fehu-od “payment-estate,” or a similar Germanic compound, in which the first element is cognate with Old English feoh “money, movable property, cattle” (also German Vieh “cattle,” Gothic faihu “money, fortune”), from PIE *peku- “cattle” (cf. Sanskrit pasu, Lithuanian pekus “cattle;” Latin pecu “cattle,” pecunia “money, property”); second element similar to Old English ead “wealth.”
OED rejects this, and suggests a simple adaptation of Germanic fehu, leaving the Medieval Latin -d- unexplained. Sense of “payment for services” first recorded late 14c. Fee-simple is “absolute ownership,” as opposed to fee-tail “entailed ownership,” inheritance limited to some particular class of heirs (second element from Old French taillir “to cut, to limit”).
[feel] /fil/ verb (used with object), felt, feeling. 1. to perceive or examine by touch. 2. to have a sensation of (something), other than by sight, hearing, taste, or smell: to feel a toothache. 3. to find or pursue (one’s way) by touching, groping, or cautious moves. 4. to be or become conscious of. 5. […]
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[fee-ler] /ˈfi lər/ noun 1. a person or thing that . 2. a proposal, remark, hint, etc., designed to bring out the opinions or purposes of others: Interested in an accord, both labor and management were putting out feelers. 3. Zoology. an organ of touch, as an antenna or a tentacle. 4. Also called feeler […]