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or ma·jor·do·mo  (mā′jər-dō′mō)
n. pl. ma·jor-do·mos or ma·jor·do·mos
1. The head steward or butler in the household of a sovereign or great noble.
2. A steward or butler.
3. One who makes arrangements or directs affairs for another.

[Italian maggiordomo or Spanish mayordomo, both from Medieval Latin māior domūs : Latin māior, chief; see meg- in Indo-European roots + Latin domūs, genitive of domus, house; see dem- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -mos
1. (Professions) the chief steward or butler of a great household
2. facetious a steward or butler
[C16: from Spanish mayordomo, from Medieval Latin mājor domūs head of the household]


(ˌmeɪ dʒərˈdoʊ moʊ)

n., pl. -mos.
1. a man in charge of a great household, as that of a sovereign.
2. a steward; butler.
3. a person who makes arrangements for another.
[1580–90; < Italian maggiordomo or Sp mayordomo < Medieval Latin majordomūs head of the house]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.major-domo - the chief steward or butler of a great householdmajor-domo - the chief steward or butler of a great household
servant, retainer - a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)


nHaushofmeister m, → Majordomus m
References in classic literature ?
Go, Hundebert,'' he added, to a sort of major-domo who stood behind him with a white wand; ``take six of the attendants, and introduce the strangers to the guests' lodging.
It was upon the fourth day following Tara's incarceration in the tower that E-Thas, the major-domo of the palace and one of O-Tar's creatures, came to his master upon some trivial errand.
The major-domo to whom I reported had been given instructions to station me near the person of the jeddak, who, in time of war, is always in great danger of assassination, as the rule that all is fair in war seems to constitute the entire ethics of Martian conflict.