rear vassal


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vassal \Vas"sal\, n. [F., fr. LL. vassallus, vassus; of Celtic
   origin; cf. W. & Corn. gwas a youth, page, servant, Arm. gwaz
   a man, a male. Cf. Valet, Varlet, Vavasor.]
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   1. (Feud. Law) The grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who
      holds land of a superior, and who vows fidelity and homage
      to him; a feudatory; a feudal tenant. --Burrill.
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   2. A subject; a dependent; a servant; a bondman; a slave.
      "The vassals of his anger." --Milton.
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   Rear vassal, the vassal of a vassal; an arriere vassal.
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