Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition of being a vassal.
  • noun The service, homage, and fealty required of a vassal.
  • noun A position of subordination or subjection; servitude.
  • noun The land held by a vassal; a fief.
  • noun Vassals, especially those of a particular lord, considered as a group.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being a vassal or feudatory; hence, the obligations of that state; the service required of a vassal.
  • noun Servitude; dependence; subjection; slavery.
  • noun A territory held in vassalage; a fee or fief.
  • noun Vassals or subjects collectively.
  • noun Preëminence, as of one having vassals; hence, valor; prowess; courage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being a vassal, or feudatory.
  • noun Political servitude; dependence; subjection; slavery.
  • noun A territory held in vassalage.
  • noun rare Vassals, collectively; vassalry.
  • noun obsolete Valorous service, such as that performed by a vassal; valor; prowess; courage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being a vassal.

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

  • noun the state of a serf

Etymologies

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From Old French vassalage (French vasselage), from vassal.

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