VILLEIN, Eng. law. A species of slave during the feudal times.'
2. The feudal villein of the lowest order was unprotected as to
property, and subjected to the post ignoble services; but his circumstances
were very different from the slave of the southern states, for no person
was, in the eye of the law, a villein, except as to his master; in relation
to all other persons he was a freeman. Litt. Ten. s. 189, 190; Hallam's View
of the Middle Ages, vol. i. 122, 124; vol. ii. 199.
, chattel slave
, debt slave
, galley slave
, liege man
, liege subject