Definition of vassalage in English:

vassalage

Pronunciation /ˈvasəlij/ /ˈvæsəlɪdʒ/

noun

historical

See vassal

‘The fief overshadowed fealty, the benefice became more important than vassalage, and freemen began to swear allegiance to the highest bidder only.’
  • ‘In 1163, he attempted to firmly define his rights as feudal overlord of the Welsh princes by demanding oaths of vassalage from them at the Council of Woodstock.’
  • ‘He understood the practice of European vassalage and the importance attached to an oath taken to an lord.’
  • ‘Before then personal vassalage was common, but a considerable proportion of peasants were slaves.’
  • ‘Lords based their authority over other freeholders on two types of vassalage.’