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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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  • Miguel, the major-domo, was taken with his wife and two daughters, the other men were young.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • "Here is Squire Doolittle below, sir," commenced the major-domo.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Richard approached him, followed by Monsieur Le Quoi and the major-domo.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The dinner was announced by the major-domo of the household.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • The major-domo rubbed his hands with an air of satisfaction.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • The major-domo it was, who, as the other mozos, was half equipped for a journey.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • While Thérèse was reading, Lady Beltham continued her conversation with her major-domo.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • The major-domo reassured her: he had no lack of self-confidence.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • "We didn't give him time to invent one," said the major-domo.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • The major-domo and the girls sprang to her side to lavish attentions upon her.

    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
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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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