1. U feudalno doba plemić (vlastelin) ili vladar koji je priznavao vrhovnu vlast nekog većeg vlastelina ili vladara i imao prema njemu određene obaveze;
2. prenosno: Potčinjena, zavisna osoba ili zavisna (vazalna) država; rob, pokoran čovek, podanik, sluga svog gospodara.
3. Kletvenik, knez (vladar) koji je bio podređen nekom drugom knezu (vladaru) ili zavisan od nekog drugo kneza (vladara); podanik. (fr.)
A person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support); SYN. dependent.
1. One who depends on another; one who is sustained by another, or who relies on another for support of favor.
2. (Finances) A person who is financially dependent upon another, esp. a child or an aged parent.
3. That which depends; corollary; consequence.
1. A free and independent person; specif., a lord paramount; a sovereign.
2. The subject of a sovereign or lord.
In the feudal system, the allegiance owed by a vassal to his or her lord (the liege lord).
ETYM French, from Late Lat. vassallus, vassus; of Celtic origin; cf. W. and Corn. gwas a youth, page, servant, Arm. gwaz a man, a male. Related to Valet, Varlet, Vavasor.
A person holding a fief; SYN. liege, liegeman, liege subject, feudatory.
In medieval Europe, a person who paid feudal homage to a superior lord (see feudalism), and who promised military service and advice in return for a grant of land. The term was used from the 9th century.
The relationship of vassalage was the mainstay of the feudal system and declined along with it during the transition to bastard feudalism.