(in the feudal system) a person granted the use of land, in return for rendering homage, fealty, and usually military service or its equivalent to a lord or other superior; feudal tenant.
a person holding some similar relation to a superior; a subject, subordinate, follower, or retainer.
a servant or slave.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a vassal.
having the status or position of a vassal.
- vas·sal·less, adjective
- non·vas·sal, noun
- sub·vas·sal, noun
- un·der·vas·sal, noun
- vassal , vessel
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How to use vassal in a sentence
These highly-prized animals were also taken as tributes from vassals based in the Levant and from defeated foreign powers.
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Which, according to party orthodoxy, would have been an economically backward, single-ideology vassal state of the Soviet Union.
I have dared to relate this to your Majesty because of my zeal as a loyal vassal, and as one who looks at things dispassionately.
As vassal of the Crown and prince of the blood, Conde was bound to obey the summons of his sovereign.Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
After all he was a Moslem, and a Turkish vassal, and a consistent contemner of Russians, so wherefore should he stand aside?The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
Each of these vassal states was made to pay handsomely for its new acquisitions.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
I loved you from the first—not like a vassal either—and will always love you.The Ghost Breaker | Charles Goddard
British Dictionary definitions for vassal
(in feudal society) a man who entered into a personal relationship with a lord to whom he paid homage and fealty in return for protection and often a fief. A great vassal was in vassalage to a king and a rear vassal to a great vassal
a person, nation, etc, in a subordinate, suppliant, or dependent position relative to another
(as modifier): vassal status
of or relating to a vassal
- vassal-less, adjective
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Cultural definitions for vassal
Under feudalism, a subordinate who placed himself in service to a lord in return for the lord's protection.
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