Vavasor meaning

văv'ə-sôr', -so͝or'
A feudal tenant who ranked directly below a baron or peer.
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In the Middle Ages, a feudal vassal next in rank below a baron, holding lands from a superior lord and having vassals under himself.
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Alternative spelling of vavasour.
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Origin of vavasor

  • Middle English vavasour from Old French from Medieval Latin vavassor possibly contraction of vassus vassōrum vassal of vassals vassus vassal (from Vulgar Latin vassus vassal) vassōrum genitive pl. of vassus vassal
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition