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ar·ri·ère-ban  audio  (r-âr-bän, -bn) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A medieval royal proclamation by which vassals were summoned to military service.
  2. The vassals summoned.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, from Old French ariere-ban, alteration (influenced by arere, behind), of herban; see koro- in Indo-European roots


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