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.

 

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Vas"sal, a.

Resembling a vassal; slavish; servile.

The sun and every vassal star. Keble.

 

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Vas"sal, v. t.

To treat as a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave.

[Obs.]

Beau. & Fl.

 

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