Definition of vassal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvæsl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvæsl//
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  1. 1a man in the Middle Ages who promised to fight for and be loyal to a king or other powerful owner of land, in return for being given land to live on
  2. 2a country that depends on and is controlled by another country
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin vassallus ‘retainer’, of Celtic origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vassal