What does vassal mean?

Definitions for vassal
ˈvæs əlvas·sal

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vassal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vassal, liege, liegeman, liege subject, feudatorynoun

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


  1. vassalnoun

    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. vassalnoun

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

  3. vassalverb

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

  4. vassalverb

    To subordinate to someone or something.

  5. vassaladjective

    Resembling a vassal; slavish; servile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vassalnoun

    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. Vassalnoun

    a subject; a dependent; a servant; a slave

  3. Vassaladjective

    resembling a vassal; slavish; servile

  4. Vassalverb

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

  5. 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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vassal

    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.]

Matched Categories

Anagrams for vassal »

  1. vasals

  2. slavas

How to pronounce vassal?

How to say vassal in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vassal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vassal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of vassal in a Sentence

  1. Boris Johnson:

    It is vassal state stuff, chuck it out.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for vassal

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for vassal »


Find a translation for the vassal definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these vassal definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "vassal." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 16 Aug. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/vassal>.

    Are we missing a good definition for vassal? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
    • A. jeopardize
    • B. embark
    • C. demolish
    • D. observe

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for vassal: