Translation of vassal in Spanish:

vassal

vasallo, n.

Pronunciation /ˈvas(ə)l//ˈvæsəl/

noun

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    vasallo masculine
    vasalla feminine
    (nation/state) (before noun) satélite
    (state/nation) (before noun) dependiente
    • A restored Stuart monarchy would have made Britain a vassal state of France.
    • The last king, who possessed only the land on the right bank of the Bosna, sought to strengthen his position by becoming a vassal of the pope.
    • In the 11th century it became an independent countship, and from the 12th century its rulers were vassals of the Holy Roman Emperor and came to style themselves ‘princes’.
    • The impractical nature of one sovereign having to perform homage as a vassal to another, with ties of fealty that theoretically prevented an independent foreign policy, were unworkable and was a major cause of the Hundred Years War.
    • About 800 years ago it was also the site of the legendary vassal state, the Western Xia Kingdom, which was finally conquered by Genghis Khan.
    • A much stronger nation can also turn a weaker one into a vassal state.