paravail

adjective

par·​a·​vail
¦parə¦vā(ə)l
feudal law
: being below or at the bottom
used especially of a tenant who holds of a tenant, especially the lowest tenant of the fee in immediate possession

Word History

Etymology

Anglo-French paravale, from Old French par aval below, from par by + aval down, from a to + val valley

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“Paravail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paravail. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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