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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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In the Middle Ages, a person who gave loyalty and service in exchange for protection and land.

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  • The vassal was granted many acres of land in exchange for his service to the king.
  • There is a wonderful program called vassal, found here:
  • But it is worth noticing that none of these leaders commanded a very large force, and none is referred to as the vassal or liegeman of another.
  • Thus, according to The Telegraph, she wants Britain to choose between being a "vassal" of the United States, and embracing a French-led drive for European integration for more
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