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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
Rivals can become vassals who do your bidding in exchange for your championing their wee causes.
The kiss also served as a sign of trust between feudal lords and vassals.
Hemingburgh makes Bruce speak to his father's vassals before the Irvine episode as a Scotsman, at any rate by descent.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
He was needed to set right his barony, for he himself grew weak and his vassals quarrelsome.
And Herbert began to call to arms the vassals of the barony, and chuckled when he thought of the brave times ahead.
The great vassals, veritable sovereigns, entrenched in their duchies, laughed at the impotent authority of the King.
But for a moment it seemed just possible that some of his vassals would break out in spite of him.The Cradle of Mankind|W.A. Wigram
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.