- 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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.