- in medieval France, a king's summoning of his vassals to do their military duty
- the vassals so summoned
Origin of arrière-banFr, altered by folk etymology , after arrière (see arrears) from Old French harbon from Old High German hariban, conscription from hari, army + ban, command under penalty
- A medieval royal proclamation by which vassals were summoned to military service.
- The vassals summoned.
Origin of arriere-banFrench from Old French ariere-ban alteration ( influenced by arere behind ) of herban ; see koro- in Indo-European roots.
- A proclamation, as of the French kings, calling not only their immediate feudatories, but the vassals of these feudatories, to take the field for war.
- The body of vassals called or liable to be called to arms, as in ancient France.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.