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[ vas-uh-lij ]


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


/ ˈvæsəlɪdʒ /


  1. 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
  2. subjection, servitude, or dependence in general
  3. rare.
    vassals collectively
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Other Words From

  • sub·vassal·age noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of vassalage1

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

In a later campaign mission when I freed Moscow from its vassalage to the Mongols, I had a real feeling of pride.

The two kingdoms would be one; the two navies would be one; and all other states would be reduced to vassalage.

To remain here in North America, and be crushed to the earth in vassalage and degradation, we never will.

The act of the new tribes was, therefore, an observance of international etiquette rather than an acknowledgment of vassalage.

The Vizier, he says, by this treaty was reduced to a state of vassalage; and he makes this curious distinction in proof of it.

Above 30,000 Birmans laboured in the works of the king of Pegu, as that was one condition of their vassalage.