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Meaning of vassal

vas•sal

Pronunciation: (vas'ul), [key]
— 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 some similar relation to a superior; a subject, subordinate, follower, or retainer.
  3. a servant or slave.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a vassal.
  2. having the status or position of a vassal.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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