Definition of arrière fee in English:

arrière fee

Pronunciation /ˌarɪɛːˈfiː/


(also arriere fee)
rare, historical Law
  • A fief which is held from an intermediary rather than the original feoffor.

    In later use chiefly in dictionaries and works of reference.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Grimeston (fl. 1604–1634), translator. From Middle French arriere-fief, French arrière-fief arrière-fief, with the second element altered after fee.