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vaivode Tweet Definition of vaivode Like Definition of vaivode on Facebook
noun
  1. A local ruler or official in various parts of central and eastern Europe, especially early semi-independent rulers of Transylvania.
  2. An administrative chief in modern Poland.
vassal Tweet Definition of vassal Like Definition of vassal on Facebook
noun
  1. The grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who holds land of a superior, and who vows fidelity and homage to him, normally a lord of a manor; a feudatory; a feudal tenant.
  2. A subject; a dependant; a servant; a slave.
verb (vasal, l, ing)
  1. (transitive) To treat as a vassal or to reduce to the position of a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave.
  2. (transitive) To subordinate to someone or something.
adjective
  1. Resembling a vassal; slavish; servile.
vassalage Tweet Definition of vassalage Like Definition of vassalage on Facebook
noun
  1. The state of being a vassal.
verge Tweet Definition of verge Like Definition of verge on Facebook
noun
  1. A rod or staff of office, e.g. of a verger.
  2. An edge or border.
  3. (obsolete) A male rod, phallus
  4. (metaphore) An extreme limit beyond which something specific will happen
I was on the verge of tears.
verb (verges, verging, verged, )
  1. (intransitive) To come very close; to border; to approach.
Eating blowfish verges on insanity.
Victorian Tweet Definition of Victorian Like Definition of Victorian on Facebook
noun
  1. A person living, or born in that period, or exhibiting characteristics of the Victorian period.
adjective (wikipedia, Victorian era)
  1. Of, or relating to the reign of Queen Victoria or of that period
  2. Of, or displaying the supposed standards or ideals of morality of that period
  3. Of the style of architecture or furnishings of that period
  4. Of, or relating to the state of Victoria in Australia
Viking Tweet Definition of Viking Like Definition of Viking on Facebook
proper noun
  1. One of the Scandinavian seafaring warriors that raided (and then settled) the British Isles and other parts of Europe in the 8th to 11th centuries.
viscount Tweet Definition of viscount Like Definition of viscount on Facebook
noun
  1. A member of the peerage above a baron but below a count or earl.
viscountess Tweet Definition of viscountess Like Definition of viscountess on Facebook
noun
  1. The wife of a viscount.
  2. A female member of the peerage who bears the title in her own right.
Before his own elevation to an earldom, Disraeli's wife was created Viscountess Beaconsfield by Queen Victoria.
vizier Tweet Definition of vizier Like Definition of vizier on Facebook
noun
  1. A high-ranking official or minister in an Islamic government, especially in the Ottoman Empire.

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