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

Origin of seigneur

1585–95; < French < Vulgar Latin *senior lord. See senior
Related formssei·gneu·ri·al [seen-yur-ee-uh l, seyn-] /sinˈyɜr i əl, seɪn-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for seigneurial


  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
Derived Formsseigneurial, adjective

Word Origin for seigneur

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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