Vavasor

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vavasor (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. "A worthy vavasour .""Vavasours subdivide again to vassals, exchanging land and cattle, human or otherwise, against fealty."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vavasor In feudal law, a principal vassal not holding immediately of the sovereign, but of a great lord, and having other vassals holding of him; a vassal of the second degree or rank. In the class of vavasors were comprehended chatelains (castellans), who owned castles or fortified houses, and possessed rights of territorial justice. In England the title was rarely used, though Camden defines it as next to baron, while Chaucer applies it to his Frankeleyn.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vavasour, OF. vavassor, vavassour, F. vavasseur, LL. vavassor, probably contr. from vassus vassorum, vassal of the vassals. See Vassal

Usage

In literature:

There can nothing be said of the harness because of the dire poverty with which the vavasor was afflicted.
"Four Arthurian Romances" by Chretien DeTroyes
Mr. Vavasor kept his place by the side of Hester.
"Weighed and Wanting" by George MacDonald
In a few years at furthest, George Vavasor must be Vavasor of Vavasor.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
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