[ar-ee-er-ban; French a ryer-bahn]
- 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.
Origin of arrière-ban
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- (in medieval France) a summons to the king's vassals to do military service
- the vassals so assembled for military service
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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