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[seen-yur, seyn-; French se-nyœr] /sinˈyɜr, seɪn-; French sɛˈnyœr/
noun, plural seigneurs
[seen-yurz, seyn-; French se-nyœr] /sinˈyɜrz, seɪn-; French sɛˈnyœr/ (Show IPA).
(sometimes initial capital letter)
a lord, especially a feudal lord.
(in French Canada) a holder of a seigneury.
Origin of seigneur
1585-95; < French < Vulgar Latin *senior lord. See senior
Related forms
[seen-yur-ee-uh l, seyn-] /sinˈyɜr i əl, seɪn-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for seigneur
Historical Examples
  • Oh, my dear seigneur, how I love you, and how grateful I am to you!

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • You are the personification of fortune, of beauty, and of youth, my dear seigneur; my only pleasure is in you.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • One moment, just one moment more, and we will go away, my dear seigneur.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • He always called me his "seigneur," as did the other of my servants born at Bardelys.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • With returning testiness the seigneur swung round to face him again.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • On the reverse is a counterseal, with the arms of the then seigneur, P. Le Pelley.

  • The wardship of this fief and manor, during the minority of the seigneur, was in the Crown.

  • The Smith was compelled to try his hand at transforming the seigneur.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • Something inside say: 'Louis Laplante, son of a seigneur, a dog!

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • No more not generous than the son of a seigneur, mine enemy!

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
British Dictionary definitions for seigneur


/sɛˈnjɜː; French sɛɲœr/
a feudal lord, esp in France
(in French Canada, until 1854) the landlord of an estate that was subdivided among peasants who held their plots by a form of feudal tenure
Derived Forms
seigneurial, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin senior, from Latin: an elderly man; see senior
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for seigneur

"feudal landowner in France," 1590s, from Middle French seigneur, from Old French seignor (see seignior). Related: Seigneuress.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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