from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A feudal tenant who ranked directly below a baron or peer.
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- n. Alternative spelling of vavasour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The vassal or tenant of a baron; one who held under a baron, and who also had tenants under him; one in dignity next to a baron; a title of dignity next to a baron.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In feudal law, a principal vassal not holding immediately of the sovereign, but of a great lord, and having other vassals holding of him; a vassal of the second degree or rank.
Middle English vavasour, from Old French, from Medieval Latin vavassor, possibly contraction of vassus vassōrum, vassal of vassals : vassus, vassal (from Vulgar Latin *vassus; see vassal) + vassōrum, genitive pl. of vassus, vassal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)