What does the word vassal mean?

Usage examples for vassal

  1. Albert Friedrich being still a Minor, the Polish King, Sigismund, proposed to undertake the guardianship of him, as became a superior lord to a subject vassal on such an occasion. – History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. III. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--The Hohenzollerns In Brandenburg--1412-1718 by Thomas Carlyle
  2. His queen, though he did not know it, was his vassal. – Love Me Little, Love Me Long by Charles Reade Edition: 10 Language: English