Definition of subvassal in English:

subvassal

noun

historicalScots Law
  • A person who holds land as the vassal of a person who himself or herself holds the land as a vassal, in later use usually in return for the annual payment of feu duty. Compare "undervassal", and earlier "subvavasour".

Origin

Late 15th century; earliest use found in Acts of Lords of Council in Civil Causes. From sub- + vassal [adjective].

Pronunciation

subvassal

/ˈsʌbˌvasl/