Definitions for vassalˈvæs əl
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vassal, liege, liegeman, liege subject, feudatory(noun)
a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
The grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who keeps land of a superior, and who vows fidelity and homage to him, normally a lord of a manor; a feudatory; a feudal tenant.
A subject; a dependant; a servant; a slave.
To treat as a vassal or to reduce to the position of a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave.
To subordinate to someone or something.
Resembling a vassal; slavish; servile.
the grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who holds land of superior, and who vows fidelity and homage to him; a feudatory; a feudal tenant
a subject; a dependent; a servant; a slave
resembling a vassal; slavish; servile
to treat as a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave
Origin: [F., fr. LL. vassallus, vassus; of Celtic origin; cf. W. & Corn. gwas a youth, page, servant, Arm. gwaz a man, a male. Cf. Valet, Varlet, Vavasor.]
A vassal or feudatory is a person who has entered into a mutual obligation to a lord or monarch in the context of the feudal system in medieval Europe. The obligations often included military support and mutual protection, in exchange for certain privileges, usually including the grant of land held as a fiefdom. The term can be applied to similar arrangements in other feudal societies. In contrast, a fidelity, or fidelitas, was a sworn loyalty, subject to the king.
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