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An official in a medieval noble household in charge of domestic arrangements and the administration of servants; a steward or major-domo.

[Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.]


1. (Historical Terms) a steward of the household of a medieval prince or nobleman who took charge of domestic arrangements, etc
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Brit a cathedral official
[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]


(ˈsɛn ə ʃəl)

a steward in charge of the household of a medieval prince or dignitary.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Frankish; compare Medieval Latin seniscalcus senior servant, c. Old High German senescalh (sene- old, senior + scalh servant)]
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Noun1.seneschal - the chief steward or butler of a great householdseneschal - the chief steward or butler of a great household
servant, retainer - a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
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repeated Wamba to himself, but, fool as he was, taking care not to make his observation audible; ``I should like to see her seneschals, her chief butlers, and other principal domestics
The chief then made a sign to the old pipe- bearer, who seemed to fill, likewise, the station of herald, seneschal, and public crier, for he ascended to the top of the lodge to make proclamation.
As to that, said Sir Launcelot, I will not take your yielding unto me, but so that ye yield you unto Sir Kay the seneschal, on that covenant I will save your lives and else not.