vassal

  • 1 vassal — vassal, ale, aux [ vasal, o ] n. • 1283; « homme vaillant et brave » 1080; lat. médiév. vassallus, du gaul. vassus → valet ♦ Au Moyen Âge, Homme lié personnellement à un seigneur, un suzerain qui lui concédait la possession effective d un fief. ⇒ …

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  • 2 vassal — vassal, ale (va sal, sa l ) s. m. et f. 1°   Celui, celle qui relève d un seigneur à cause d un fief. •   L obligation de tout vassal envers son seigneur fut de porter les armes et de juger ses pairs dans sa cour, MONTESQ. Esp. XXX, 17. •   Dans… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 3 Vassal — Freguesia de Portugal …

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  • 4 vassal — Vassal, qui tient quelque chose d aucun à foy et hommage, Cliens, Posþsessor fundi inferioris, Beneficiarius, Possessor praedij clienteþlaris. B. És anciens Romans il se prent pour le contraire du souldoyer, d autant que cestuy ci prent souldée,… …

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  • 5 Vassal — 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Feud. Law) The grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who holds …

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  • 6 Vassal — Vas sal, a. Resembling a vassal; slavish; servile. [1913 Webster] The sun and every vassal star. Keble. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 vassal — (n.) mid 15c. (c.1200 as a surname) tenant who pledges fealty to a lord, from O.Fr. vassal, from M.L. vassallus manservant, domestic, retainer, from vassus servant, from O.Celt. *wasso young man, squire (Cf. Welsh gwas youth, servant, Bret. goaz… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 vassal — VASSAL. s. m. Celuy qui releve d un Seigneur superieur à cause d un fief. Il est son vassal. c est mon vassal …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 9 vassal — [vas′əl] n. [OFr < ML vassalus, manservant, extension of vassus, servant < Celt: for IE base see VALET] 1. in the Middle Ages, a person who held land under the feudal system, doing homage and pledging fealty to an overlord, and performing… …

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  • 10 Vassal — Vas sal, v. t. To treat as a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 11 vassal — index dependent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 12 vassal — ► NOUN 1) historical a holder of land by feudal tenure on conditions of homage and allegiance. 2) a person or country in a subordinate position to another. DERIVATIVES vassalage noun. ORIGIN Latin vassallus retainer …

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  • 13 Vassal — Vassalité Héritière de la recommandation du Haut Moyen Âge, la vassalité est la situation de dépendance d’un homme libre (vassal, du latin vassus) envers son seigneur par la cérémonie de l’hommage. Le système féodo vassalique s’est développé à… …

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  • 14 Vassal — For other uses, see Vassal (disambiguation). English Feudalism …

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  • 15 VASSAL — Die VASSAL Software ist ein Java Programm, das eine Plattform bietet um Brettspiele, Kartenspiele und Tabletopspiele online gegen andere Spieler spielen zu können. Die Spiele können in Echtzeit über das Internet gespielt werden oder per E Mail… …

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  • 16 vassal — vassalless, adj. /vas euhl/, n. 1. (in the feudal system) a person granted the use of land, in return for rendering homage, fealty, and usually military service or its equivalent to a lord or other superior; feudal tenant. 2. a person holding… …

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  • 17 Vassal — Free man who held land (fief) from a lord to whom he paid homage and swore fealty. He owed various services and obligations. These were primarily military but he was also required to advise his lord and pay him the traditional feudal aids… …

    Medieval glossary

  • 18 vassal — 1. noun a) 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 …

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  • 19 vassal — [[t]væ̱s(ə)l[/t]] vassals 1) N COUNT In feudal society, a vassal was a man who gave military service to a lord, in return for which he was protected by the lord and received land to live on. 2) N COUNT: usu sing (disapproval) If you say that one… …

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  • 20 vassal —    This is vocatively used by Shakespeare in both its technical sense of one holding lands from a superior in the feudal system and in its debased sense of a person so humble as to be a slave.    The former usage occurs in Henry the Sixth Part… …

    A dictionary of epithets and terms of address