Duchy vs Fiefdom - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between duchy and fiefdom
is that duchy
is a dominion or region ruled by a duke or duchess while fiefdom
is the estate controlled by a feudal lord; a fief.
A dominion or region ruled by a duke or duchess.
* A Grand Duchy may be a self-governing state.
* A simple duchy tends to be a part of a larger kingdom or empire.
The estate controlled by a feudal lord; a fief.
(by extension, mostly, pejorative) Any organization in the control of a dominant individual.
- The duke's fiefdom had been greatly expanded as a reward for his dutiful military service on behalf of the king.
- Most of our company's computers are standardized, but the IT director allows the employees in his own little fiefdom to specify their own machines.
, date=April 23
, author=Angelique Chrisafis
, title=François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election
, work=the Guardian
, passage=Hollande told cheering supporters in his rural fiefdom
of Corrèze in south-west France that he was best-placed to lead France towards change, saying the vote marked a "rejection" of Sarkozy and a "sanction" against his five years in office.}}