vassal


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vas·sal

 (văs′əl)
n.
1. A person who held land from a feudal lord and received protection in return for homage and allegiance.
2. A bondman; a slave.
3. A subordinate or dependent.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *vassallus, from *vassus, of Celtic origin; see upo in Indo-European roots.]

vassal

(ˈvæsəl)
n
1. (Historical Terms) (in feudal society) a man who entered into a personal relationship with a lord to whom he paid homage and fealty in return for protection and often a fief. A great vassal was in vassalage to a king and a rear vassal to a great vassal
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in feudal society) a man who entered into a personal relationship with a lord to whom he paid homage and fealty in return for protection and often a fief. A great vassal was in vassalage to a king and a rear vassal to a great vassal
3.
a. a person, nation, etc, in a subordinate, suppliant, or dependent position relative to another
b. (as modifier): vassal status.
adj
4. (Historical Terms) of or relating to a vassal
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of or relating to a vassal
[C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin vassallus, from vassus servant, of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwas boy, Old Irish foss servant]
ˈvassal-less adj

vas•sal

(ˈvæs əl)

n.
1. (in the feudal system) a person granted the use of land in return for rendering homage, fealty, and usu. military service to a lord or other superior; feudal tenant.
2. a person holding some similar relation to a superior; a subject or subordinate.
3. a servant or slave.
adj.
4. of or characteristic of a vassal.
5. having the status or position of a vassal.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin vassallus=vass(us) servant (< Celtic; compare Welsh gwas young man, Irish foss servant) + -allus n. suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vassal - a person holding a fiefvassal - a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another

vassal

noun serf, slave, bondsman, subject, retainer, thrall, varlet (archaic), bondservant, liegeman the vassal's oath of homage to his lord
Translations

vassal

[ˈvæsəl] Nvasallo m

vassal

n (lit, fig)Vasall m
adjvasallisch, Vasallen-; vassal stateVasallenstaat m
References in classic literature ?
He too worships fire; most faithful, broad, baronial vassal of the sun
She was a commoner, and had been sent here on her bridal night by Sir Breuse Sance Pite, a neighboring lord whose vassal her father was, and to which said lord she had refused what has since been called le droit du seigneur, and, moreover, had opposed violence to violence and spilt half a gill of his almost sacred blood.
I took my young sister (for I have another) to a place beyond the reach of this man, and where, at least, she will never be HIS vassal.
If the lands are to my liking, my lord,'' answered De Bracy, ``it will be hard to displease me with a bride; and deeply will I hold myself bound to your highness for a good deed, which will fulfil all promises made in favour of your servant and vassal.
I then said to the queen, "since I was now her majesty's most humble creature and vassal, I must beg the favour, that Glumdalclitch, who had always tended me with so much care and kindness, and understood to do it so well, might be admitted into her service, and continue to be my nurse and instructor.
O lady, deign to hold in remembrance this heart, thy vassal, that thus in anguish pines for love of thee.
Each principal vassal was a kind of sovereign, within his particular demesnes.
I killed him because he wanted to rob me of the spoils I had got from Troy with so much trouble and danger both on the field of battle and by the waves of the weary sea; he said I had not served his father loyally at Troy as vassal, but had set myself up as an independent ruler, so I lay in wait for him with one of my followers by the road side, and speared him as he was coming into town from the country.
The money was paid, and I became the vassal of Colonel Silky; a titular soldier, but a traveling trader, who never lost sight of the main chance either in his campaigns, his journeys, or his pleasures.
I am not vassal to anybody; I belong to nobody, and am entirely my own master," replied Aramis, who, during this conversation, followed with his eye every gesture of D'Artagnan, every glance of Porthos.
His merits, his learning, his quality of immediate vassal of the Bishop of Paris, threw the doors of the church wide open to him.
Farebrother, he would have voted for him, whatever Bulstrode might have felt on the subject: he did not intend to be a vassal of Bulstrode's.