para vail


[par-uh-veyl, par-uh-veyl]
adjective Old English Law.
being below or inferior to all others; specifically, being a tenant of one who holds land of another who is also a tenant: a tenant paravail.

1525–35; < Old French par aval down (of direction, position), equivalent to par through, by (see per-) + aval, a val down < Latin ad vallem literally, to the valley Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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