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

     

    vassal

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈvæsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvæsl//
     
     
    jump to other results
  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 Origin late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin vassallus ‘retainer’, of Celtic origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vassal