Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A feudal vassal or subject.
  • n. A loyal supporter, follower, or subject.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A male liege (subject of a sovereign or lord).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as liege, n., 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vassal; a subject; one bound to the service or support of a sovereign lord.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord

Etymologies

liege +‎ man (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But it is worth noticing that none of these leaders commanded a very large force, and none is referred to as the vassal or liegeman of another.

    superversive: Gondor, Byzantium, and Feudalism

  • Gwion had reached the guard-post, the same by which his lord had been abducted, without hindrance, and was in the very act of stepping over the threshold when the guard barred his way with a braced lance, and challenged him sharply: "Are not you Gwion, Cadwaladr's liegeman?"

    His Disposition

  • "Natural enough he should welcome the sight of another liegeman," said Cuhelyn steadily.

    His Disposition

  • But Cadwaladr's liegeman could be seen against the gap which was the gate he guarded, as he paced back and forth across it, head and shoulders clear against the sky.

    His Disposition

  • It was George W. Bush's first day on the campaign trail with the liegeman who had become his favorite (and was now his official) sidekick.

    Ready For Their Close-Up

  • It was by virtue of this power that English John, that great landlord, surnamed Lackland, by declaring himself the liegeman of Pope Innocent III., and placing his kingdom under submission, delivered the souls of his parents, who had been excommunicated: “Pro mortuo excommunico, pro quo supplicant consanguinei.”

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The king followed his liegeman Hagen in evil wise.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • Then a liegeman of Dietrich heard it, too. how quickly he gan haste him with the fearful tales!

    The Nibelungenlied

  • I heard them both aver, when I saw them first of all, and the king was victor against me in the games, and when he won my love in such knightly wise, that he was liegeman to the king, and Siegfried himself declared the same.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • Sith thou hast declared my husband for thy liegeman, now must the men of the two kings perceive today whether I durst walk before the queen to church.

    The Nibelungenlied

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