• (noun): A fixed sum charged, as by an institution or by law, for a privilege: a license fee; tuition fees.
  • (noun): A charge for professional services: a surgeon's fee.
  • (noun): A tip; a gratuity.
  • (noun): Law An inherited or heritable estate in land.
  • (noun): In feudal law, an estate in land granted by a lord to his vassal on condition of homage and service. Also called feud2, fief.
  • (noun): The land so held.
  • (verb-transitive): To give a tip to.
  • (verb-transitive): Scots To hire.
  • (idiom): in fee Law In absolute and legal possession.

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  • (noun): an interest in land capable of being inherited
  • (noun): a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services
  • (verb): give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on; "Remember to tip the waiter"; "fee the steward"

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A fee is the price one pays as remuneration for rights or services. Fees usually allow for overhead, wages, costs, and markup.
Traditionally, professionals in the United Kingdom (and previously the Republic of Ireland) receive a fee in contradistinction to a payment, salary, or wage, and often use guineas rather than pounds as units of account. Under the feudal system, a Knight's fee was what was given to a knight for his service, usually the usage of land.
A contingent fee is an attorney's fee which is reduced or not charged at all if the court case is lost by the attorney.
A service fee, service charge, or surcharge is a fee added to a customer's bill. The purpose of a service charge often depends on the nature of the product and corresponding service provided. Examples of why this fee is charged are: travel time expenses, truck rental fees, liability and workers' compensation insurance fees, and planning fees. UPS and FedEx have recently begun surcharges for fuel.
Restaurants and banquet halls charging service charges in lieu of tips must distribute them to their wait staff in some US states (e.g., Massachusetts, New York, Montana), but in the state of Kentucky may keep them.
A fee may be a flat fee or a variable one, or part of a two-part tariff.
A membership fee is charged as part of a subscription business model.

Example Sentences

  • Ordered, That the committee on the Judiciary consider the expediency of such legislation as will abolish the term fee paid to clerks of courts on suits entered, and proceed - ings commenced prior to the first day of July, 1688.

  • Taxes go to government general funds, but fees, according to California law, must go to fix problems linked to the activity the fee is attached to.

  • I think this fee is a reasonably good idea from a policy standpoint.

  • Well it aint $55 an hr no more folks his fee is about $100.

  • Volunteers like Moyer contend that the fee is a threat to a way of life.

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