His first step was to recall Regingar of Lothringia, who was oppressed by France, to his allegiance as vassal of the empire.
Highness—tell me, your Highness, a vassal doesn't amount to much, does he?
He was forced to become the vassal of the king of Babylonia, and furnish a contingent to his army.
I'll round up this spook tonight for good, and then the vassal's task is done.
Each of these vassal nobles was to be bound, when required, to furnish a military contingent to their liege lord the king.
For, in the end, was not the Duke of Cleves a vassal of the Emperor?
The vassal is protected by the accessibility of formularized law.
And he will become your vassal, and do homage for the kingdom of Spain.'
The girl swiftly crossed the ford and bowed her golden head in a vassal's welcome to the young lord.
I will take nothing from you, and henceforth will neither be your friend nor your vassal.'
mid-15c. (c.1200 as a surname) "tenant who pledges fealty to a lord," from Old French vassal, from Medieval Latin vassallus "manservant, domestic, retainer," from vassus "servant," from Old Celtic *wasso- "young man, squire" (cf. Welsh gwas "youth, servant," Breton goaz "servant, vassal, man," Irish foss "servant"). The adjective is recorded from 1590s.
Under feudalism, a subordinate who placed himself in service to a lord in return for the lord's protection.