[ ar-ee-er-ban; French a ryer-bahn ]
/ ˈær iˌɛrˈbæn; French a ryɛrˈbɑ̃ /
noun, plural ar·ri·ère-bans [ar-ee-er-banz; French a ryer-bahn] /ˈær iˌɛrˈbænz; French a ryɛrˈbɑ̃/.
a group of vassals who owed military service, especially to French kings.
the summoning by a medieval ruler of all vassals and free men for military service.
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British Dictionary definitions for arriere-ban
/ French (arjɛrbɑ̃) /
(in medieval France) a summons to the king's vassals to do military service
the vassals so assembled for military service
Word Origin for arrière-ban
C16: changed from Old French herban call to arms, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German heriban, from heri army + ban summons, ban ²
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