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Meaning of VASSAL

Pronunciation:  'vasul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a person holding a fief

VASSAL is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: feudatory, liege, liege subject, liegeman
 See Also: follower



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vas"sal\, n. [F., fr. LL. vassallus, vassus; of Celtic
    origin; cf. W. & Corn. gwas a youth, page, servant, Arm. gwaz
    a man, a male. Cf. {Valet}, {Varlet}, {Vavasor}.]
    1. (Feud. Law) The grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who
       holds land of superior, and who vows fidelity and homage
       to him; a feudatory; a feudal tenant. --Burrill.
    2. A subject; a dependent; a servant; a slave. ``The vassals
       of his anger.'' --Milton.
    {Rear vassal}, the vassal of a vassal; an arriere vassal.
  2. \Vas"sal\, a.
    Resembling a vassal; slavish; servile.
          The sun and every vassal star.           --Keble.
  3. \Vas"sal\, v. t.
    To treat as a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave.
    [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.