vav·​a·​sor ˈva-və-ˌsȯr How to pronounce vavasor (audio)
variants or vavasour
: a feudal tenant ranking directly below a baron

Word History


Middle English vavasour "subvassal," borrowed from Anglo-French vavassur, borrowed from Medieval Latin vavassor, probably by haplology from vassus vassōrum literally, "vassal of vassals" — more at vassal

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vavasor was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Vavasor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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