in the Middle Ages, a feudal vassal next in rank below a baron, holding lands from a superior lord and having vassals under himself
Origin of vavasorMiddle English vavasour ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin vavassor, probably ; from vassus vassorum, vassal of vassals ; from Gaulish an unverified form vasso-: see valet
A feudal tenant who ranked directly below a baron or peer.
Origin of vavasorMiddle English vavasour, from Old French, from Medieval Latin vavassor, possibly contraction of vassus vass&omacron;rum, vassal of vassals : vassus, vassal (from Vulgar Latin *vassus; see vassal) + vass&omacron;rum, genitive pl. of vassus, vassal.
- Alternative spelling of vavasour.