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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
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