[seen-yur, seyn-; French se-nyœr]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for seigneurial
But we have much to examine ere we penetrate the seigneurial hall.Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
Everything in your personality was grand, seigneurial, immense in scale.Musical Portraits
They lived in poor, mean cabins, far from the towns and under the protection of a seigneurial chteau or abbey.Castles and Chateaux of Old Navarre and the Basque Provinces
Naturally its powers were greater or less according as the town was royal, seigneurial, or communal.Guilds in the Middle Ages
The diamonds prove worthless, but Cartier receives a title and retires to a seigneurial mansion at St. Malo.Canada: the Empire of the North</p>
Agnes C. Laut
- 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
C16: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin senior, from Latin: an elderly man; see senior
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Word Origin and History for seigneurial
"feudal landowner in France," 1590s, from Middle French seigneur, from Old French seignor (see seignior). Related: Seigneuress.
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