[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 seigneur
Oh, my dear seigneur, how I love you, and how grateful I am to you!
You are the personification of fortune, of beauty, and of youth, my dear Seigneur; my only pleasure is in you.
One moment, just one moment more, and we will go away, my dear Seigneur.
He always called me his "seigneur," as did the other of my servants born at Bardelys.Bardelys the Magnificent
With returning testiness the seigneur swung round to face him again.Scaramouche
- 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 seigneur
"feudal landowner in France," 1590s, from Middle French seigneur, from Old French seignor (see seignior). Related: Seigneuress.
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