major-domo

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ma·jor-do·mo

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.]

major-domo

(ˌmeɪdʒəˈdəʊməʊ)
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]

ma•jor-do•mo

(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)
Translations

major-domo

nHaushofmeister m, → Majordomus m
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