• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Waiting-vassal (Shak.) an attendant
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. waiter (Fr. guetter), to watch, attend—waite, a sentinel—Old High Ger. wahta (Ger. wacht), a watchman; cog. with A.S. wacan, to watch.


In literature:

Oh, will not the lowest slave among the vassals that wait thy word pity thee, when thine ears receive what I would reveal!
"Captain Kyd (Vol 1 of 2)" by Jonathon Holt Ingraham
When a man loves as he loved, compassion waits the ready vassal of tenderness.
"An Ambitious Woman" by Edgar Fawcett

In poetry:

In the hall, the serf and vassal
Held, that night their Christmas wassail;
Many a carol, old and saintly,
Sang the minstrels and the waits;
"The Norman Baron" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
No vassals wait their sports to aid,
To watch their safety deck their board;
Their simple dress, the Highland plaid,
Their trusty guard, the Highland sword.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
The sun and every vassal star,
All space, beyond the soar of angel wings,
Wait on His word: and yet He stays His car
For every sigh a contrite suppliant brings.
"Ascension Day" by John Keble
Sore disgrace it is to see the Arbitress of thrones
Vassal to a Saxoneen of cold and hapless bones!
Bitter anguish wrings our souls — with heavy sighs and groans
We wait the Young Deliverer of Kathaleen Ny-Houlahan.
"Kathaleen Ny-Houlahan" by James Clarence Mangan