- in the Middle Ages, a person who held land under the feudal system, doing homage and pledging fealty to an overlord, and performing military or other duties in return for his protection; feudal tenant
- a subordinate, subject, servant, slave, etc.
Origin of vassalOld French from Medieval Latin vassalus, manservant, extension of vassus, servant from Celt: for Indo-European base see valet
- of or like a vassal; dependent, servile, etc.
- being a vassal