[ US /ˈvæsəɫ/ ]
[ UK /vˈæsə‍l/ ]
  1. a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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How To Use vassal In A Sentence

  • The relation of the lord to the vassals had originally been settled by express engagement, and a person wishing to engraft himself on the brotherhood by _commendation_ or _infeudation_ came to a distinct understanding as to the conditions on which he was to be admitted. Ancient Law Its Connection to the History of Early Society
  • * The word _amakhû_ is applied to an individual who has freely entered the service of king or baron, and taken him for his lord: _amakhû khir nibuf_ means _vassal of his lord_. History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)
  • Moreover, that they should be in the hands of a powerful vassal of Naples such as Orsini suited the Pope as little as it suited Lodovico Maria Sforza. The Life of Cesare Borgia
  • His accomplishments belong outdoors in military feats as vassal of the King and crusader for God.
  • By virtue of the same right, if the demesne of a lord was so placed that it had no natural height from which to survey its extent, his vassals were made to bring sufficient cart-loads of earth to raise a mound or "motte" of the requisite elevation. Brittany & Its Byways
  • In the constitutions he drew up each nation or people was left the use of its own laws; gradually the duchies were divided into countships, the counts being vassals iof the king, and having in turn valvassori (vassi-vassorum) who looked up to them as liege-lords, while ranking over all were the missi dominici who in the king's name saw to it that justice was meted out to everyone. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy
  • Vassal am I to the youth up yonder," the gilla made answer. The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge
  • Man Singh, also a vassal to the Mughal Empire, had nonetheless managed to live with the extravagance of a king, with sixteen hundred wives populating his zenana, a veritable swarm of children, so many sons he could not remember all of their names. Shadow Princess
  • Furthermore, this High King who has forced Tarn into vassalage reigns under false pretences. IRONCROWN MOON: PART TWO OF THE BOREAL MOON TALE
  • Land could be freely transferred, but the new vassal must hold direct of the king or from a tenant-in-chief. 1272-1307
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