vavassor
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]


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