vassalage

[ vas-uh-lij ]
/ ˈvæs ə lɪdʒ /

noun

the state or condition of a vassal.
homage or service required of a vassal.
a territory held by a vassal.
vassals collectively.
dependence, subjection, or servitude.

Nearby words

  1. vasovagal syncope,
  2. vasovasostomy,
  3. vasovesiculectomy,
  4. vassa,
  5. vassal,
  6. vassalic,
  7. vassalize,
  8. vassar,
  9. vassar, matthew,
  10. vast

Origin of vassalage

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French; see vassal, -age

Related formssub·vas·sal·age, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for vassalage

vassalage

/ (ˈvæsəlɪdʒ) /

noun

(esp in feudal society)
  1. the condition of being a vassal or the obligations to which a vassal was liable
  2. the relationship between a vassal and his lord
subjection, servitude, or dependence in general
rare vassals collectively
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Word Origin and History for vassalage

vassalage

n.

c.1300, from Old French vassalage, from vassal (see vassal).

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