Noun Serf Definition and Examples







An agricultural labourer bound by the feudal system who was tied to working on his lord's estate.
  1. 'Feudal serfs worked at back-breaking labor, dawn to dusk.'
  2. 'If not radically reformed, it will continue to consume our freedom and earnings like a swarm of locusts consumes a wheat field until we in America are no better off than the simple serfs of feudal times.'
  3. 'As I've already noted, at the lowest levels what we see is a slow but steady change from a countryside populated by slaves to one populated by peasants and serfs.'
  4. 'This was a tax paid each year by the serfs to the lord of the manor'
  5. 'In feudal times, slaves, serfs, and peasants were forced to work through different mechanisms, but the coercion and social control they experienced was external to work.'
  6. 'Not all medieval peasants were serfs, however.'
  7. 'Alexander II realized that to modernize mean that Russia needed to westernize, so in 1861 he emancipated the serfs from bondage.'
  8. 'Here in the Thirty Years War, the seigneurial system collapsed and serfs refused to perform labour services.'
  9. 'The previous neatly ordered view of the universe, with the Earth at the centre, reinforced the rigid feudal order with serfs at the bottom and the Pope at the pinnacle.'
  10. 'Such priests might very well be freed serfs, recruited from the very peasantry they baptized and buried; the social distance between their flock and themselves was minimal, if any existed at all.'


1. a person in a condition of servitude, required to render services to a lord, commonly attached to the lord's land and transferred with it from one owner to another.

2. a slave.


"There can be serf villages."
"There can be serf systems."
"There can be serf questions."
"There can be serf proletariats."
"There can be serf populations."
"There can be serf ownings."
"There can be serf owners."
"There can be serf labourers."
"There can be serf labours."
"There can be serf insurrections."
"There can be serf estates."
"There can be serf entrepreneurs."
"serfs can be with lands."
"serfs can be in places."
"serfs can be without lands."
"serfs can be to officials."
"serfs can be to favourites."
"serfs can be on lands."
"serfs can be on estates."
"places can have serfs."
"serfs can title gardens to kitchens."
"serfs can title allocations to places."
"serfs can title allocations to kitchens."
"serfs can do roads in places."
"serfs can do roads in middles."
"serfs can do roads for lords."
"serfs can do railways in places."
"serfs can do railways in middles."
"serfs can do railways for lords."
"serfs can do canals in places."
"serfs can do canals in middles."
"serfs can do canals for lords."
"serfs can buy freedoms irrespective of wishes."
"serfs can do in places."
"serfs can do in middles."
"serfs can do for lords."
"serfs can title to places."
"serfs can title to kitchens."
"serfs can sit in/at/on cups."
"serfs can sit at tables."

Late 15th century (in the sense ‘slave’): from Old French, from Latin servus ‘slave’.

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