arrière-ban

noun
ar·​ri·​ère-ban | \ ˌar-ē-ˌer-ˈbän How to pronounce arrière-ban (audio) , -ˈban\

Definition of arrière-ban

: a proclamation of a king (as of France) calling his vassals to arms also : the body of vassals summoned

First Known Use of arrière-ban

1523, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrière-ban

French

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