- an officer having full charge of domestic arrangements, ceremonies, the administration of justice, etc., in the household of a medieval prince or dignitary; steward.
Origin of seneschal
Related Words for seneschalwaiter, attendant, administrator, curator, foreman, proctor, guardian, bailiff, director, manager, agent, magistrate, officer, seneschal, reeve, major-domo, purveyor, chamberlain, manciple
Examples from the Web for seneschal
Historical Examples of seneschal
"He shall have four silver candlesticks," said the seneschal moodily.
The castle is taken and on fire, the seneschal is slain, and there is nought left for us.
"It is the Seneschal of Toulouse, with his following," said Johnston, shading his eyes with his hand.
It was from the seneschal of the Palace that I first heard that tragic news.
It was the face of Mariani, the seneschal of the Castle of Cessna.
- 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
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).