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vavasor

[vav-uh-sawr, -sohr]
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noun
  1. (in the feudal system) a vassal ranking just below a baron.
Also vav·a·sour [vav-uh-soo r] /ˈvæv əˌsʊər/.

Origin of vavasor

1300–50; Middle English vavasour < Old French, perhaps contraction of Medieval Latin vassus vassōrum vassal of vassals; see vassal
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Historical Examples

  • When Vavasor was gone she turned with greater diligence to her musical studies.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Now Vavasor was in reality not a little disgusted at what he beheld.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "You are too much of a philosopher for me, Miss Raymount," said Vavasor with a smile.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Excuse me, Mr. Vavasor, but how do you know I am not a professional singer?

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It takes a lifetime, Mr. Vavasor, to learn where to pay our taxes.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for vavasor

vavasor

vavasour (ˈvævəˌsʊə)

noun
  1. (in feudal society) the noble or knightly vassal of a baron or great lord who also has vassals himselfAlso: vavassor

Word Origin

C13: from Old French vavasour, perhaps contraction of Medieval Latin vassus vassōrum vassal of vassals; see vassal
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