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Origin of vassal
OTHER WORDS FROM vassalvas·sal·less, adjectivenon·vas·sal, nounsub·vas·sal, nounun·der·vas·sal, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH vassalvassal , vessel.
Example sentences from the Web for vassal
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
British Dictionary definitions for vassal
- a person, nation, etc, in a subordinate, suppliant, or dependent position relative to another
- (as modifier)vassal status
Derived forms of vassalvassal-less, adjective
Word Origin for vassal
Cultural definitions for vassal
Under feudalism, a subordinate who placed himself in service to a lord in return for the lord's protection.