• To reward for services performed, or to be performed; to recompense; to hire or keep in hire; hence, to bribe.


  • From Middle English fee, fe, feh, feoh, from Old English feoh ("cattle, property, wealth, money, payment, tribute, fee") with contamination from Old French fieu, fief (from Medieval Latin fevum, a variant of feudum (see feud), from Frankish *fehu ("cattle, livestock"); whence fief), both from Proto-Germanic *fehu ("cattle, sheep, livestock, owndom"), from Proto-Indo-European *peḱu- ("livestock"). Cognate with Old High German fihu ("cattle, neat"), Scots fe, fie, West Frisian fee ("livestock"), Dutch vee ("cattle, livestock"), Low German Veeh ("cattle, livestock, property"), Veh, German Vieh ("cattle, livestock"), Danish fæ ("cattle, beast, dolt"), Swedish fä ("beast, cattle, dolt"), Norwegian fe ("cattle"), Icelandic fé ("livestock, assets, money"), Latin pecū ("cattle").

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