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He was her liege lord.
  a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service


a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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liege lieges
This word can be confusing since the context is needed to know if it refers to the person owed allegiance or the person to whom allegiance is owed. In a quick glance of uses in Shakespeare, he seems to have used the word only to refer to the person to whom allegiance is owed.

Note, as a proper noun (and especially with an accent), Liège refers to the largest French-speaking city in Belgium.
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  • He was her liege lord.
  • a liege subject
  • First, mighty liege, tell me your Highness’ pleasure,
    William Shakespeare  --  King Richard III
  • Mistress Affery thought that on reaching the hall, she saw the door of her liege lord’s office standing open, and the room empty.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit

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  • ’Tis matter of small weight, my liege, yet will I touch upon it, an’ it please your Grace.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Two of these were Jewish dressmakers, middle-aged sisters from Liege.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "I’d tell ye the proper Gaelic for your liege lord and ruler, but it isna a word suitable for the lips of a lady, Sassenach or no." Stooping, he plucked the balled-up shirt out of the ashes of the hearth and shook the worst of the soot off it.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Alas, my liege, my wife is dead to-night; Grief of my son’s exile hath stopp’d her breath: What further woe conspires against mine age?
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • My liege, They are not yet come back.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Our strength frightened Palancar’s nobles and they pled with their liege for peace.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest

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  • And so he went on with the ballad as far as the lines: O noble Marquis of Mantua, My Uncle and liege lord!
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • — My liege, and madam,—to expostulate What majesty should be, what duty is, Why day is day, night is night, and time is time.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • CHORUS I had misgivings from the first, my liege, Of something more than natural at work.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • I shall, my liege.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Forward he went, and found Kadmeians thronging a great feast in the manor of Eteokles, where, though no liege nor distant friend, and though he came alone amid so many, Tydeus went unafraid.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • That is the good knight and great lord Sir Kay the Seneschal, foster brother to our liege the king.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • My liege, your highness now may do me good.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Ay, my liege; so please you give us leave.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • ’Now tell me your tale, my liege,’ said Denethor, half kindly; half mockingly.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • —The Saxon porkers, whom I have slain, they were the foes of my country, and of my lineage, and of my liege lord.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • We are liege subjects of the catholic chivalry of Europe that foundered at Trafalgar and of the empire of the spirit, not an imperium, that went under with the Athenian fleets at Aegospotami.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • To the liege subjects of Labour, the England of those days was a continent, and a mile a geographical degree.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Sir, my liege, Do not infest your mind with beating on The strangeness of this business: at pick’d leisure, Which shall be shortly, single I’ll resolve you,— Which to you shall seem probable—of every These happen’d accidents; till when, be cheerful And think of each thing well.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Now, little Mrs. Bird was a discreet woman,—a woman who never in her life said, "I told you so!" and, on the present occasion, though pretty well aware of the shape her husband’s meditations were taking, she very prudently forbore to meddle with them, only sat very quietly in her chair, and looked quite ready to hear her liege lord’s intentions, when he should think proper to utter them.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • And I wish, my liege, You had only in your silent judgment tried it, Without more overture.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • CHORUS My liege, if any man sees eye to eye With our lord Phoebus, ’tis our prophet, lord Teiresias; he of all men best might guide A searcher of this matter to the light.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • In future it will be your glorious doom to take up the burden and to enjoy the nobility of your proper title: so now I shall crave the privilege of being the very first of your subjects to address you with it—as my dear liege lord, King Arthur.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Dame, said the king, I come from the noble conqueror King Arthur, for to treat with that tyrant for his liege people.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Now shall I never rest till I meet with those kings in a fair field, that I make mine avow; for my true liege people shall not be destroyed in my default, go with me who will, and abide who that will.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Loyal lieges, plain and practical, though at bottom they dissented from some points Captain Vere had put to them, they were without the faculty, hardly had the inclination, to gainsay one whom they felt to be an earnest man, one too not less their superior in mind than in naval rank.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • ’tis true, my liege; this ring I had of her.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • My liege, think again.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • I can, my liege.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • "Hnnrh," growled my liege lord, moving some papers and managing to sit in the only puddle of spilled coffee on an otherwise dry bench.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • "To get their own bread they must overdose the king’s lieges; and that’s a bad sort of treason, Mr. Mawmsey—undermines the constitution in a fatal way."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • There was a fable, however,—for such we choose to consider it, though, not impossibly, typical of Judge Pyncheon’s marital deportment,—that the lady got her death-blow in the honeymoon, and never smiled again, because her husband compelled her to serve him with coffee every morning at his bedside, in token of fealty to her liege-lord and master.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Grandma had laid most of her strength on Mama as boss-woman, governing hand, queen mother, empress, and even her banishment of George and near-senile kitchen scandals couldn’t shake the respect and liege feeling so long established.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The lords of the Vale will never accept such as their liege.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • "Robb Stark was my liege lord," said Lord Wyman.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • First, mighty liege, tell me your highness’ pleasure, What from your grace I shall deliver to him.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • He was High Steward of the Vale as well, Jon Arryn’s trusted liege man, and Lady Lysa’s.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • "I’d guard that tongue of yours, little man," he warned, before he strode off after his liege.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • My wife, my liege!
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • We have, my liege.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • My liege, I did deny no prisoners.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • I can but say their protestation over; So much, dear liege, I have already sworn, That is, to live and study here three years.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Only a son or daughter of Amber’s late liege may walk this Pattern and live; and it gives to such a person a power over Shadow.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • Mistress Affery thought that on reaching the hall, she saw the door of her liege lord’s office standing open, and the room empty.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • CROMWELL (Formally) That you did conspire traitorously and maliciously to deny and deprive our liege lord Henry of his undoubted certain title, Supreme Head of the Church in England.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • Then lift he up his eyes and said weeping: Fair sweet Lord Jesu Christ, whose liege man I am, keep Lionel, my brother, that these knights slay him not, and for pity of you, and for Mary’s sake, I shall succour this maid.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
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