Vavasor Vav"a*sor, n. [OE. vavasour, OF. vavassor, vavassour, F. vavasseur, LL. vavassor, probably contr. from vassus vassorum vassal of the vassals. See {Vassal}.] (Feud. Law) The vassal or tenant of a baron; one who held under a baron, and who also had tenants under him; one in dignity next to a baron; a title of dignity next to a baron. --Burrill. ``A worthy vavasour.'' --Chaucer. [Also written {vavasour}, {vavassor}, {valvasor}, etc.] [1913 Webster]

Vavasours subdivide again to vassals, exchanging land and cattle, human or otherwise, against fealty. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Vavasour — A vavasour, (also vavasor, Old French vavassor, vavassour, French vavasseur, LL. vavassor, probably from vassus vassorum vassal of the vassals ) is a term in Feudal law. A vavasour was the vassal or tenant of a baron, one who held their tenancy… …   Wikipedia

  • vavasour — noun /ˈvævəsʊə/ a) a subvassal; someone holding their lands from a vassal of the crown rather than from the crown directly A shirreve hadde he been, and a contour. / Was nowher swich a worthy vavasour. b) vavasour “Fiddler’s Green is missing?… …   Wiktionary

  • Vavasour — A freeman holding land of a *baron, thus ranking below him. In a list in *LHP of the kinds of people who should attend a *county court the shire moot, held twice a year the vavasour is included alongside such men as the *reeve (Praepositus) and… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • vavasour — noun see vavasor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vavasour — [ vavəsʊə] noun historical a vassal owing allegiance to a great lord and having other vassals under him. Origin ME: from OFr. vavas(s)our, from med. L. vavassor, perh. from vassus vassorum vassal of vassals …   English new terms dictionary

  • vavasour — vav·a·sour …   English syllables

  • vavasour — /vaevasor/ One who was in dignity next to a baron. One who held of a baron …   Black's law dictionary

  • vavasour — n. hist. a vassal owing allegiance to a great lord and having other vassals under him. Etymology: ME f. OF vavas(s)our f. med.L vavassor, perh. f. vassus vassorum VASSAL of vassals …   Useful english dictionary

  • Vavasour, Thomas — • English physician (1536 1585) Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Vavasour Baronets — There have been five Baronetcies created for persons with the surname Vavasour, three in the Baronetage of England and two in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. As of 2008 four of the creations are extinct while one is extant.The Vavasour… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”