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Vassal vs Villein - What's the difference?

vassal | villein |

In historical terms the difference between vassal and villein

is that vassal is the grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who keeps land of a superior, and who vows fidelity and homage to him, normally a lord of a manor; a feudatory; a feudal tenant while villein is a feudal tenant.

As an adjective vassal

is resembling a vassal; slavish; servile.

As a verb vassal

is to treat as a vassal or to reduce to the position of a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave.

vassal

English

Alternative forms

* vasal (rare)

Noun

(wikipedia vassal) (en noun)
  • (historical) The grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who keeps land of a superior, and who vows fidelity and homage to him, normally a lord of a manor; a feudatory; a feudal tenant.
  • A subject; a dependant; a servant; a slave.
  • * Milton
  • The vassals of his anger.

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Resembling a vassal; slavish; servile.
  • Verb

    (vassall)
  • To treat as a vassal or to reduce to the position of a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave.
  • To subordinate to someone or something.
  • Anagrams

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    villein

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (historical) A feudal tenant.