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 ?
Each principal vassal was a kind of sovereign, within his particular demesnes.
In those instances in which the monarch finally prevailed over his vassals, his success was chiefly owing to the tyranny of those vassals over their dependents.
He too worships fire; most faithful, broad, baronial vassal of the sun
The Lady Rowena the affianced bride of a vassal like thee?
Can the wrinkled decrepit hag before thee, whose wrath must vent itself in impotent curses, forget she was once the daughter of the noble Thane of Torquilstone, before whose frown a thousand vassals trembled?
Should he then presume to demand it, or to affirm he was unlawfully made my prisoner, by the belt of Saint Christopher, he will speak to one who hath never refused to meet a foe on foot or on horseback, alone or with his vassals at his back
O lady, deign to hold in remembrance this heart, thy vassal, that thus in anguish pines for love of thee.
His merits, his learning, his quality of immediate vassal of the Bishop of Paris, threw the doors of the church wide open to him.
is doubtless a great man; in his large gardens and that half-mile of greenhouses, where he has probably ripened his intellect and temper, he may say what he will to his hired vassals, but (as the Scotch say) - here
By his inflammatory rhetoric regarding North Korea, Trump intends "to create the hair-trigger situation on the peninsula and shovel up money by selling the US-made arms and equipment to vassal forces," the commentary read, referring to Japan and South Korea, which the North Korean outlet called "puppets" of Washington.
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