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[mey-jer-doh-moh] /ˌmeɪ dʒərˈdoʊ moʊ/
noun, plural major-domos.
a man in charge of a great household, as that of a sovereign; a chief steward.
a steward or butler.
a person who makes arrangements for another.
Origin of major-domo
1580-90; < Spanish mayordomo < Medieval Latin majordomūs head of the house, equivalent to major major + domūs, genitive of domus house; see dome Unabridged
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  • Valentine had received his despatches from the hands of the major-domo.

    The Adventurers Gustave Aimard
  • The dinner was announced by the major-domo of the household.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Escorted by the major-domo, he was led to the drawing-room where Madame Rojas was waiting to receive him.

    The White Mice Richard Harding Davis
  • The major-domo rubbed his hands with an air of satisfaction.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • Perhaps you would like to be major-domo of this outfit, Neil?

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine
  • The major-domo it was, who, as the other mozos, was half equipped for a journey.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • In the patio the major-domo was overlooking the women and girls engaged in milking.

    The Adventurers Gustave Aimard
  • While Thérèse was reading, Lady Beltham continued her conversation with her major-domo.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • These are entrusted to the veteran sergeant, major-domo and shadow of his beloved master.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • "We didn't give him time to invent one," said the major-domo.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for major-domo


noun (pl) -mos
the chief steward or butler of a great household
(facetious) a steward or butler
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish mayordomo, from Medieval Latin mājor domūs head of the household
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for major-domo

1580s, via Italian maggiordomo or Spanish mayordomo, from Medieval Latin major domus "chief of the household," also "mayor of the palace" under the Merovingians, from Latin major "greater" (see major (adj.)) + genitive of domus "house" (see domestic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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