Definitions for vassal
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vassal, liege, liegeman, liege subject, feudatorynoun
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.
A vassal or liege subject is a person regarded as having a mutual obligation to a lord or monarch, in the context of the feudal system in medieval Europe. While the subordinate party is called a vassal, the dominant party is called a suzerain. While the rights and obligations of a vassal are called vassalage, and the rights and obligations of a suzerain are called suzerainty. The obligations of a vassal often included military support by knights in exchange for certain privileges, usually including land held as a tenant or fief. The term is also applied to similar arrangements in other feudal societies. In contrast, fealty (fidelitas) was sworn, unconditional loyalty to a monarch.
A vassal is a person, party, or nation that is under the protection of another, more powerful one, often in exchange for service or loyalty. This term is often used in context of feudal systems, where a vassal would serve a lord or monarch. Vassal can also refer to a subordinate or subsidiary.
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
Etymology: [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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
vas′al, n. one who holds land from, and renders homage to, a superior: a dependant, retainer: a bondman, slave: (Shak.) a low wretch.—adj. (Shak.) servile.—v.t. to enslave, to dominate.—ns. Vass′alāge, state of being a vassal: dependence: subjection: a fee, fief: (Shak.) vassals collectively; Vass′aless (Spens.), a female vassal; Vass′alry, vassals collectively. [Fr.,—Low L. vassalis—Bret. gwaz, a servant; cf. W. gwas, a youth.]
The numerical value of vassal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of vassal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
It is vassal state stuff, chuck it out.
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- vasallo, avasallarSpanish
- alamainen, vasalli, orjuuttaaFinnish
- vassal, vassaliserFrench
- 封臣, 臣下, 幕臣, 家臣Japanese
- servo, vassaloPortuguese
- suyu runaQuechua
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