Definitions for vassalˈvæs əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vas•salˈvæs 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.

    Category: Western History

  2. a person holding some similar relation to a superior; a subject or subordinate.

  3. a servant or slave.

  4. (adj.)of or characteristic of a vassal.

    Category: Western History

  5. having the status or position of a vassal.

    Category: Western History

Origin of vassal:

1300–50; ME < MF < ML vassallus=vass(us) servant (< Celtic; cf. Welsh gwas young man, Ir foss servant) +-allus n. suffix

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vassal, liege, liegeman, liege subject, feudatory(noun)

    a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord

Wiktionary

  1. vassal(Noun)

    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.

  2. vassal(Noun)

    A subject; a dependant; a servant; a slave.

  3. vassal(Verb)

    To treat as a vassal or to reduce to the position of a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave.

  4. vassal(Verb)

    To subordinate to someone or something.

  5. vassal(Adjective)

    Resembling a vassal; slavish; servile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vassal(noun)

    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

  2. Vassal(noun)

    a subject; a dependent; a servant; a slave

  3. Vassal(adj)

    resembling a vassal; slavish; servile

  4. Vassal(verb)

    to treat as a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave

Freebase

  1. Vassal

    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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