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1. Sovereign; independent; having authority or right to allegiance; as, a liege lord. She looked as grand as doomsday and as grave; And he, he reverenced his liege lady there. (Tennyson)

2. Serving an independent sovereign or master; bound by a feudal tenure; obliged to be faithful and loyal to a superior, as a vassal to his lord; faithful; loyal; as, a liege man; a liege subject.

3. Full; perfect; complete; pure. Liege homage, perfect, i. E, legal, power; specif, having health requisite to do legal acts. Liege widowhood, perfect, i. E, pure, widowhood.

Origin: oe. Lige, lege, f. Lige, LL. Ligius, legius, liege, unlimited, complete, prob. Of german origin; cf. G. Ledig free from bonds and obstacles, MHG. Ledec, ledic, lidic, freed, loosed, and Charta Ottonis de Benthem, ann, ligius homo quod Teutonice dicitur ledigman, i. E, uni soli homagio obligatus, free from all obligations to others; influenced by L.ligare to bind. G. Ledig perh. Orig. Meant, free to go where one pleases, and is perh. Akin to E.lead to conduct. Cf. Lead to guide.