noun \ˈva-səl\

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

Full Definition of VASSAL

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

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin

Rhymes with VASSAL


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