[ seen-yur, seyn-; French se-nyœr ]
/ sinˈyɜr, seɪn-; French sɛˈnyœr /
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noun, plural sei·gneurs [seen-yurz, seyn-; French se-nyœr]. /sinˈyɜrz, seɪn-; French sɛˈnyœr/. (sometimes initial capital letter)
a lord, especially a feudal lord.
(in French Canada) a holder of a seigneury.
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Origin of seigneur
1585–95; <French <Vulgar Latin *senior lord. See senior
OTHER WORDS FROM seigneursei·gneu·ri·al [seen-yur-ee-uhl, seyn-], /sinˈyɜr i əl, seɪn-/, adjective
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How to use seigneur in a sentence
At Montreal, the assumption of the seigneurial duties and privileges was not without difficulty.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime|William Henry Atherton
We lay the night at an inn that must have been at one time a seigneurial mansion, for it had a noble courtyard.Leaves from a Field Note-Book|J. H. Morgan
This is possible enough, for the period was one when squires exercised "seigneurial rights," and when colleens were complacent.The Magnificent Montez|Horace Wyndham
Seigneurial rights were being abolished, or rather surrendered, at the very time that this transaction was under consideration.East of Paris|Matilda Betham-Edwards
At the entrance of the old bourg is a great gateway which originally led to the seigneurial enclosure.Castles and Chateaux of Old Burgundy|Francis Miltoun
British Dictionary definitions for seigneur
/ (sɛˈnjɜː, French sɛɲœr) /
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
Derived forms of seigneurseigneurial, adjective
Word Origin for seigneur
C16: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin senior, from Latin: an elderly man; see senior
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