VASSAL, feudal law. This was the name given to the holder of a fief, bound
to perform feudal service; this word was then always correlative to that of
lord, entitled to such service.
2. The vassal himself might be lord of some other vassal.
3. In aftertimes, this word was used to signify a species of slave who
owed servitude, and was in a state of dependency on a superior lord. 2 Bl.
Com. 53; Merl. Repert. h.t.
, chattel slave
, debt slave
, galley slave
, liege man
, liege subject