Definition of paravail in English:


Pronunciation /ˈparəveɪl/


  • "tenant paravail" noun a tenant of a tenant, a subtenant; (specifically in English Law from the 16th century) the lowest tenant, the person who actually worked or occupied the land. Opposed to "paramount [noun, adverb]" Now historical.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Stubbs (c1541–1590), religious writer. From Law French paravail lower, inferior from par through, by + aval, à val (adverb and preposition) down.