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seneschal

[ sen-uh-shuhl ]
/ ˈsɛn ə ʃəl /
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noun
an officer having full charge of domestic arrangements, ceremonies, the administration of justice, etc., in the household of a medieval prince or dignitary; steward.
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Origin of seneschal

1350–1400; Middle English <Middle French <Frankish; compare Medieval Latin seniscalcus senior servant, cognate with Old High German senescalh (sene- old, senior + scalh servant)
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British Dictionary definitions for seneschal

seneschal
/ (ˈsɛnɪʃəl) /

noun
a steward of the household of a medieval prince or nobleman who took charge of domestic arrangements, etc
British a cathedral official

Word Origin for seneschal

C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin siniscalcus, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German senescalh oldest servant, from sene- old + scalh a servant
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