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noun(sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. a lord, especially a feudal lord; ruler.

Origin of seignior

1300–50; Middle English segnour<Anglo-French; see seigneur

Words Nearby seignior Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use seignior in a sentence

  • "Let me pray for free entrance for this learned person through your guards, seignior de Crevecoeur," said Louis.

    Quentin Durward | Sir Walter Scott
  • Suppose, O smooth-tongued seignior, you take a turn with the baby yourself, and see whether your arm tires.

    A New Atmosphere | Gail Hamilton
  • After them came a Turkish lady, a relation of the grand seignior, in a litter borne by two camels with rich housings.

  • We shall have a feast of tulips, in imitation of that which, as you know, is held in the grand seignior's gardens.

  • Unfortunately the Grand seignior had but too well replaced the wrong-headed grand vizier, who had been killed.

British Dictionary definitions for seignior


/ (ˈseɪnjə) /

  1. a less common name for a seigneur

  2. (in England) the lord of a seigniory

Origin of seignior

C14: from Anglo-French segnour; see seigneur

Derived forms of seignior

  • seigniorial (seɪˈnjɔːrɪəl), adjective

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