The kiss also served as a sign of trust between feudal lords and vassals.
The vassals of the feudal lord entered into his quarrels with the most inexorable rage.
As for the emperor, he no longer had any power to control his vassals.
And such a battle and tribulation as they had with their vassals, the magistrates of Leith!
When he ceased, all the vassals showed their approval of this speech.
The vassals were assembled in the courtyard of the castle, a goodly array, to see their master depart in pomp and pride.
We are the tools or vassals of the rich men behind the scenes.
The witnesses were few—only the vassals of the count; and no attempt at festivity preceded or followed the dismal ceremony.
With two sons, however, who are about to enter the Guards, I am afraid we must be your vassals.
This was a policie whereby he gatte muche credite among his vassals, yea and gaue them greate courage to play the valiant men.
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.