[ seen-yer ]
/ ˈsin yər /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

a lord, especially a feudal lord; ruler.

Nearby words

  1. seifert,
  2. seifert, jaroslav,
  3. seignette's salt,
  4. seigneur,
  5. seigneury,
  6. seigniorage,
  7. seignioral,
  8. seigniory,
  9. seignorial,
  10. seik

Origin of seignior

1300–50; Middle English segnour < Anglo-French; see seigneur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for seignior


/ (ˈseɪnjə) /


a less common name for a seigneur
(in England) the lord of a seigniory
Derived Formsseigniorial (seɪˈnjɔːrɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for seignior

C14: from Anglo-French segnour; see seigneur

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Word Origin and History for seignior



"lord of a manor," late 13c., from Old French seignior (11c., Modern French seigneur), from Latin seniorem (nominative senior) "older" (see senior (adj.)). As a general title for a Frenchman, it dates from 1580s. Related: Seigniorial; seignioral.

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