Rear vassal
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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Feud. Law) The grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who holds land of superior, and who vows fidelity and homage to him; a feudatory; a feudal tenant. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

2. A subject; a dependent; a servant; a slave. ``The vassals of his anger.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Rear vassal}, the vassal of a vassal; an arriere vassal. [1913 Webster]


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