vassalage

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noun vas·sal·age \ˈva-sə-lij\

Definition of vassalage

  1. 1 :  a position of subordination or submission (as to a political power)

  2. 2 :  the state of being a vassal

  3. 3 :  the homage, fealty, or services due from a vassal

Origin and Etymology of vassalage

Middle English, “knightly prowess, state of a vassal,” borrowed from Anglo-French, “courage, exploit” from vassal “worthy man, vassal” + -age -age


First Known Use: 15th century


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