Definitions for "Feudal system"
Keywords:  vassal, tenure, lord, loyalty, king
A system of landholding, common throughout Europe in medieval times, whereby freehold land was held or occupied in return for personal service to a lord or for goods paid in kind.
A system of ownership usually associated with precolonial England, in which the king or other sovereign is the source of all rights. The right to possess real property was granted by the sovereign to an individual as a life estate only. Upon the death of the individual title passed back to the sovereign. not to the decedent's heirs.
the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th C; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war