vassalage

[vas-uh-lij]

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.

Origin of vassalage

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French; see vassal, -age
Related formssub·vas·sal·age, noun
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vassalage

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
n.

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

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