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vavasor

[vav-uh-sawr, -sohr] /ˈvæv əˌsɔr, -ˌsoʊr/
noun
1.
(in the feudal system) a vassal ranking just below a baron.
Also, vavasour
[vav-uh-soo r] /ˈvæv əˌsʊər/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of vavasor
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English vavasour < Old French, perhaps contraction of Medieval Latin vassus vassōrum vassal of vassals; see vassal
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  • "You are too much of a philosopher for me, Miss Raymount," said vavasor with a smile.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • It takes a lifetime, Mr. vavasor, to learn where to pay our taxes.

    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 was not in vavasor's usual taste: he had forgotten his best manners.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • When vavasor was gone she turned with greater diligence to her musical studies.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • To her reference to Browning then, vavasor did not venture a reply.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Now vavasor was in reality not a little disgusted at what he beheld.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • "I didn't know myself till the last minute," answered vavasor.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • "Look at that dog-fish," said vavasor, pointing to the largest in the tank.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • She turned away, and vavasor saw she wanted no more of the dog-fish.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for vavasor

vavasor

/ˈvævəˌsɔː/
noun
1.
(in feudal society) the noble or knightly vassal of a baron or great lord who also has vassals himself Also vavassor
Word Origin
C13: from Old French vavasour, perhaps contraction of Medieval Latin vassus vassōrum vassal of vassals; see vassal
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