vassal Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"vassal" in British English

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vassalnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈvæs.əl/
in medievalEurope, a man who ​agreed to ​fight for a ​king or lord (= ​rich and ​powerfullandowner) when ​needed, in ​exchange for ​land to ​live on (also vassal state) a ​country that is ​controlled by a more ​powerfulcountry, and has to ​providemilitarysupport or ​paymoney to it when ​needed
(Definition of vassal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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vassalnoun [C]

 us   /ˈvæs·əl/
world history a ​person in the ​MiddleAges who ​promises to be ​loyal to a lord (= a man of high ​socialrank) who will ​protect him or her
(Definition of vassal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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