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droit du seigneur

[ French drwa dy se-nyœr ]

noun

  1. the supposed right claimable by a feudal lord to have sexual relations with the bride of a vassal on her first night of marriage.


droit du seigneur

/ drwa dy sɛɲœr /

noun

  1. in feudal times, the right of a lord to have sexual intercourse with a vassal's bride on her wedding night


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Word History and Origins

Origin of droit du seigneur1

1815–25; < French: literally, right of the lord
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Word History and Origins

Origin of droit du seigneur1

from French, literally: the right of the lord
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Example Sentences

In a lawsuit, documented here, Rogers is charged with exercising what might be called droit du seigneur.

More than this, they enjoy a sort of "droit du seigneur," and no man's wife or daughter is safe from them.

The Peers have, in fact, a political droit du seigneur in England.

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