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seigneur

[ seen-yur, seyn-; French se-nyœr ]

noun

, (sometimes initial capital letter)
, plural sei·gneurs [seen-, yurz, seyn-, se-, nyœr].
  1. a lord, especially a feudal lord.
  2. (in French Canada) a holder of a seigneury.


seigneur

/ sɛˈnjɜː; sɛɲœr /

noun

  1. a feudal lord, esp in France
  2. (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


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Derived Forms

  • seiˈgneurial, adjective
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Other Words From

  • sei·gneu·ri·al [seen-, yur, -ee-, uh, l, seyn-], adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of seigneur1

1585–95; < French < Vulgar Latin *senior lord. See senior
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Word History and Origins

Origin of seigneur1

C16: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin senior, from Latin: an elderly man; see senior
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Example Sentences

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

"'Amadis de Gaule,' by the Seigneur des Essarts, commissary in ordinary to the king's artillery," she replied.

A stockade half bars the river of Plouernel, and serves as a shelter for the barges of the seigneur.

The seigneur of Plouernel had gathered in the chamber of his mistress a mass of precious objects, the fruits of his raids.

Seigneur, she wishes no other husband than Eucher; and I may assure you the lad is worthy of the love of my daughter.

We shall surely, my daughter and I, be set at liberty when the seigneur count will be in possession of my property.

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