Vassalage Vas"sal*age, n. [OE. vassalage, F. vasselage, LL. vassallaticum.] [1913 Webster] 1. The state of being a vassal, or feudatory. [1913 Webster]

2. Political servitude; dependence; subjection; slavery; as, the Greeks were held in vassalage by the Turks. [1913 Webster]

3. A territory held in vassalage. ``The Countship of Foix, with six territorial vassalages.'' --Milman. [1913 Webster]

4. Vassals, collectively; vassalry. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Valorous service, such as that performed by a vassal; valor; prowess; courage. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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