The demotion or abasement to the status of a freed *serf. [< OldFr.. culvert = villein] -

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  • culvertage — cul·vert·age …   English syllables

  • culvertage —   n. villeinage …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • culvertage — /kalvartaj/ In old English law, a base kind of slavery. The confiscation or forfeiture which takes place when a lord seizes his tenant s estate …   Black's law dictionary

  • culvertage — A person s forfeiture of his status as a freeman …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • culvertage — ˈkəlvə(r)d.ij noun ( s) Etymology: Old French, from culvert serf (from Latin collibertus fellow freedman, from com + libertus one made free, from liber free) + age …   Useful english dictionary

  • posse comitatus — /pos ee kom i tah teuhs, tay / 1. the body of persons that a peace officer of a county is empowered to call upon for assistance in preserving the peace, making arrests, and serving writs. 2. a body of persons so called into service. [1620 30; <… …   Universalium

  • Colibertus — A group of men who were not slaves but were not wholly free, ranking below the free *villein; known also as quolibertus. They were found in Wessex as reported in *DB; their rare occurrence elsewhere indicates only that other commissioners for… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Nithing — An outlaw or wicked person was declared nithing . The term was used by William Rufus in 1088 when summoning the *fyrd to support him during a rebellion engineered by Odo of Bayeux. He requested all to present themselves, unless they wanted to be… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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