[ mey-jer-doh-moh ]
/ ˌmeɪ dʒərˈdoʊ moʊ /

noun, plural ma·jor-do·mos.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for major-domo


/ (ˌmeɪdʒəˈdəʊməʊ) /

noun plural -mos

the chief steward or butler of a great household
facetious a steward or butler

Word Origin for major-domo

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).

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