What does vassal mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term vassal:


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

  5. 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.]

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.

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.]

Anagrams for vassal »

  1. vasals

  2. slavas

Numerology

  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



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