Origin of seneschal
Examples from the Web for seneschal
Seneschal, let our faithful yeoman have a cup of brandy; it will be more germain to the matter.'Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated|Sir Walter Scott
The news travelled in this kingdom until it came to a seneschal of the faithless Meleagant may an evil fire burn him!
He was seneschal of Poitou, and was very anxious to drive back the French, who had taken some strong places there.Life of Edward the Black Prince|Louise Creighton
As soon as Lancelot came where he was, the seneschal's first exclamation was: "How thou hast shamed me!"
Mass is sung, and the young knight arms and goes forth—the burghers prayers go with him—against the host led by the seneschal.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for seneschal
Word Origin for seneschal
Word Origin and History for seneschal
late 14c., "steward, majordomo, officer in a royal household in charge of ceremonies and feasts," from Old French seneschal, title of a high administrative court officer, from Frankish Latin siniscalcus, from Proto-Germanic *sini-skalk "senior servant;" first element cognate with Latin senex "old" (see senile); second element from Proto-Germanic *skalkoz "servant" (cf. Gothic skalks, Old High German scalc, Old English scealc "servant;" see second element of marshal).