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vassal

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Etymology

From Middle English, from Old French vassal, from Mediaeval Latin vassallus (manservant, domestic, retainer), from vassus (servant), from Old Celtic *wasso- "young man, squire"

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
vassal

Plural
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  1. The grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who holds 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.

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Adjective

vassal

  1. Resembling a vassal; slavish; servile.

Translations

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  • French: vassal m.

Verb

Infinitive
to vassal

Third person singular
vasal

Simple past
ing

Past participle
-

Present participle
l

to vassal (third-person singular simple present vasal, present participle l, simple past and past participle ing)
  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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French

Pronunciation

Adjective

vassal m. ( f.: vassale, m. pl.: vassaux, f. pl.: vassales )

  1. vassal

Noun

vassal m.

  1. vassal

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