vassal

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From Middle English, from Old French vassal, from Medieval Latin vassallus (manservant, domestic, retainer), from vassus (servant), from Gaulish *wassos (young man, squire), from Proto-Celtic *wastos (servant) (compare Old Irish foss and Welsh gwas).

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vassal (plural vassals)

  1. (historical) The grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who keeps land of a superior, and who vows fidelity and homage to him, normally a lord of a manor; a feudatory; a feudal tenant.
  2. A subject; a dependant; a servant; a slave.
    • Milton
      The vassals of his anger.

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vassal (not comparable)

  1. Resembling a vassal; slavish; servile.

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vassal (third-person singular simple present vassals, present participle vassalling, simple past and past participle vassalled)

  1. (transitive) To treat as a vassal or to reduce to the position of a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave.
  2. (transitive) To subordinate to someone or something.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French vassal, from Medieval Latin vassallus (manservant, domestic, retainer), from vassus (servant), from Gaulish *wassos (young man, squire), from Proto-Celtic *wastos (servant) (compare Old Irish foss and Welsh gwas).

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vassal m (feminine vassale, masculine plural vassaux, feminine plural vassales)

  1. vassal

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vassal m (plural vassaux, feminine vassale)

  1. a vassal

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vassal m (oblique plural vassaus, nominative singular vassals or vassax or vassaus, nominative plural vassal)

  1. vassal

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