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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Medieval Latin vassallus, from vassus 'servant'

vassal

noun
     
Related topics: Government, Citizenship
vas‧sal [countable]
1PGC a man in the Middle Ages who was given land to live on by a lord in return for promising to work or fight for him
2 formalPG a country that is controlled by another country:
a vassal state

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