fee

A fee is the cost of something, or the amount of money charged. You might need to pay a fee when you visit your favorite state park.

Clubs, national parks, and gyms all charge a fee to belong or to enter. There is also the fee that a professional charges for services, like the legal fee you pay when you hire an attorney or the fee you pay your dentist to clean your teeth. Fee has an Old French origin in the word fieu, "possession, holding, domain, or payment," from the Medieval Latin feodum, "land whose use is granted in return for service."

Primary Meanings of fee

1.
nv
a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services
give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on
2.
n
an interest in land capable of being inherited
Full Definitions of fee
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n a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services

Types:
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anchorage
a fee for anchoring
cellarage
a charge for storing goods in a cellar
commission
a fee for services rendered based on a percentage of an amount received or collected or agreed to be paid (as distinguished from a salary)
contingency fee
a fee that is payable only if the outcome is successful (as for an attorney's services)
dockage, docking fee
a fee charged for a vessel to use a dock
drop-off charge
a fee added for returning a rented car to a location different from the one where it was rented
admission, admission charge, admission fee, admission price, entrance fee, entrance money, price of admission
the fee charged for admission
finder's fee
a fee that is paid to someone who finds a source of financial backing or to someone who brings people together for business purposes
legal fee
a fee paid for legal service
license fee, license tax, licensing fee
a fee paid to the government for the privilege of being licensed to do something (as selling liquor or practicing medicine)
lighterage
the fee charged for carrying goods in lighters
lockage
a fee charged for passage through a lock in a canal or waterway
mintage
fee paid to a mint by the government for minting a coin
moorage
a fee for mooring
origination fee
a fee charged to a borrower (especially for a mortgage loan) to cover the costs of initiating the loan
pipage
a fee charged for the use of pipes
poundage
a fee charged for the recovery of impounded animals
consideration, retainer
a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone
seigniorage
charged by a government for coining bullion
toll
a fee levied for the use of roads or bridges (used for maintenance)
truckage
a fee charged for transporting goods by truckage
tuition, tuition fee
a fee paid for instruction (especially for higher education)
quayage, wharfage
a fee charged for the use of a wharf or quay
refresher
a fee (in addition to that marked on the brief) paid to counsel in a case that lasts more than one day
quid, quid pro quo
something for something; that which a party receives (or is promised) in return for something he does or gives or promises
Type of:
fixed charge, fixed cost, fixed costs
a periodic charge that does not vary with business volume (as insurance or rent or mortgage payments etc.)

v give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on

fee the steward”
Synonyms:
bung, tip
Type of:
gift, give, present
give as a present; make a gift of
2

n an interest in land capable of being inherited

Types:
fee simple
a fee without limitation to any class of heirs; they can sell it or give it away
fee tail
a fee limited to a particular line of heirs; they are not free to sell it or give it away
Type of:
interest, stake
(law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something

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