vavasor

[vav-uh-sawr, -sohr]
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noun

(in the feudal system) a vassal ranking just below a baron.

Also vav·a·sour [vav-uh-soo r] /ˈvæv əˌsʊər/.

Origin of vavasor

1300–50; Middle English vavasour < Old French, perhaps contraction of Medieval Latin vassus vassōrum vassal of vassals; see vassal
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Historical Examples of vavasor

  • "You are too much of a philosopher for me, Miss Raymount," said Vavasor with a smile.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It takes a lifetime, Mr. Vavasor, to learn where to pay our taxes.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Excuse me, Mr. Vavasor, but how do you know I am not a professional singer?

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It was not in Vavasor's usual taste: he had forgotten his best manners.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • When Vavasor was gone she turned with greater diligence to her musical studies.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for vavasor

vavasor

vavasour (ˈvævəˌsʊə)

noun

(in feudal society) the noble or knightly vassal of a baron or great lord who also has vassals himselfAlso: vavassor

Word Origin for vavasor

C13: from Old French vavasour, perhaps contraction of Medieval Latin vassus vassōrum vassal of vassals; see vassal
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