Hist. A type of tenure in which a tenant held lands in exchange for providing the lord husbandry-related (rather than military) service. *Socage, the great residuary tenure, was any free tenure that did not fall within the definition of knight-service, serjeanty, or frankalmoin.

free socage. Socage in which the services were both certain and honorable.
villein socage. Socage in which the services, though certain, were of a baser nature than those provided under free socage.