- vasovagal attack,
- vasovagal syncope,
- vassar, matthew
Origin of vassal
Examples from the Web for vassals
The kiss also served as a sign of trust between feudal lords and vassals.
In some instances lands were sold outright to their vassals.Defense of the Faith and the Saints (Volume 1 of 2)|B. H. Roberts
Peach-boy observed this and said in a loud voice: My vassals, why do you tremble?Bluebeard|Clifton Johnson
The vassals were assembled in the courtyard of the castle, a goodly array, to see their master depart in pomp and pride.The Joyous Story of Toto|Laura E. Richards
Serfs replaced slaves; vassals replaced serfs; some day, vassalage also will disappear as did slavery and serfdom!
Do not look for me to offer you that which is your own—this person, these lands, these vassals.Original Narratives of Early American History|Vaca and Others
- a person, nation, etc, in a subordinate, suppliant, or dependent position relative to another
- (as modifier)vassal status
Word Origin 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.
Under feudalism, a subordinate who placed himself in service to a lord in return for the lord's protection.