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vassal

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noun vas·sal \ˈva-səl\

Simple Definition of vassal

  • : a person in the past who received protection and land from a lord in return for loyalty and service

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vassal

  1. 1 :  a person under the protection of a feudal lord to whom he has vowed homage and fealty :  a feudal tenant

  2. 2 :  one in a subservient or subordinate position

vassal adjective

Origin of vassal

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin vassallus, from vassus servant, vassal, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh gwas young man, servant


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with vassal


VASSAL Defined for Kids

vassal

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noun vas·sal \ˈva-səl\

Definition of vassal for Students

  1. :  a person in the Middle Ages who received protection and land from a lord in return for loyalty and service





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