Origin of vassal
Examples from the Web for vassal
His own account of the matter to Fanny Brawne was that he had written himself her vassal within a week of their first meeting.Keats|Sidney Colvin
"Vassal am I to the youth up yonder," the gilla made answer.
And now, sovereign, that vassal prince has arrived near this city, and has sent us two on in front to inform Your Highness.The Kath Sarit Sgara|Somadeva Bhatta
Edward refused to sit down at the table, as being only a vassal of the King of France.
Why had he not been there, to claim Henry as his own vassal, and if he could not save him, at least bid him farewell?The Little Duke|Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for vassal
- a person, nation, etc, in a subordinate, suppliant, or dependent position relative to another
- (as modifier)vassal status
Word Origin for vassal
Word Origin and History for vassal
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.
Culture definitions for vassal
Under feudalism, a subordinate who placed himself in service to a lord in return for the lord's protection.