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Meaning of villein

vil•lein

Pronunciation: (vil'un, -ān, vi-lān'), [key]
— n.
  1. a member of a class of partially free persons under the feudal system, who were serfs with respect to their lord but had the rights and privileges of freemen with respect to others.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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