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[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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for seigneurial

Historical Examples of seigneurial

  • But we have much to examine ere we penetrate the seigneurial hall.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony

    William Stearns Davis

  • Everything in your personality was grand, seigneurial, immense in scale.

    Musical Portraits

    Paul Rosenfeld

  • They lived in poor, mean cabins, far from the towns and under the protection of a seigneurial chteau or abbey.

  • Naturally its powers were greater or less according as the town was royal, seigneurial, or communal.

  • The diamonds prove worthless, but Cartier receives a title and retires to a seigneurial mansion at St. Malo.

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
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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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