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droit du seigneur

[French drwa dy se-nyœr] /French drwa dü sɛˈnyœr/
the supposed right claimable by a feudal lord to have sexual relations with the bride of a vassal on her first night of marriage.
Origin of droit du seigneur
1815-25; < French: literally, right of the lord Unabridged
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droit du seigneur

/French drwa dy sɛɲœr/
in feudal times, the right of a lord to have sexual intercourse with a vassal's bride on her wedding night
Word Origin
from French, literally: the right of the lord
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Word Origin and History for droit du seigneur

1784, alleged medieval custom whereby the feudal lord had the right to have sex with the bride of his vassal on their wedding night before she went to her husband, from French, literally "the lord's right." There is little evidence that it actually existed; it seems to have been invented in imagination 16c. or 17c. The Latin form was jus primae noctis, "law of the first night." For French droit, see right (adj.2).

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