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 (sān-yôr′, sān′yôr′)
1. A man of rank, especially a feudal lord.
2. Used as a form of address for such a man.

[Middle English segnour, from Old French seignor, from Vulgar Latin *senior, from Latin, older, comparative of senex, sen-, old; see sen- in Indo-European roots.]

sei·gnio′ri·al adj.


1. (Historical Terms) a less common name for a seigneur
2. (Historical Terms) (in England) the lord of a seigniory
[C14: from Anglo-French segnour; see seigneur]
seigniorial adj


(ˈsin yər, ˈseɪn-)

n. (sometimes cap.)
a lord, esp. a feudal lord.
[1300–50; Middle English segnour < Anglo-French; see seigneur]
sei•gnio′ri•al, sei•gno′ri•al (-ˈyɔr i əl) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.seignior - a man of rank in the ancient regimeseignior - a man of rank in the ancient regime
liege lord, liege - a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service
overlord, lord, master - a person who has general authority over others
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This will scarcely, however, be considered as a point upon which any comparison can be grounded; for if, in this particular, there be a resemblance to the king of Great Britain, there is not less a resemblance to the Grand Seignior, to the khan of Tartary, to the Man of the Seven Mountains, or to the governor of New York.
"Seignior," said I, in Portuguese, "do you not know me?" At which he spoke not a word, but giving his musket to the man that was with him, threw his arms abroad, saying something in Spanish that I did not perfectly hear, came forward and embraced me, telling me he was inexcusable not to know that face again that he had once seen, as of an angel from heaven sent to save his life; he said abundance of very handsome things, as a well-bred Spaniard always knows how, and then, beckoning to the person that attended him, bade him go and call out his comrades.
And if those seigniors are considered who have lost their states in Italy in our times, such as the King of Naples, the Duke of Milan, and others, there will be found in them, firstly, one common defect in regard to arms from the causes which have been discussed at length; in the next place, some one of them will be seen, either to have had the people hostile, or if he has had the people friendly, he has not known how to secure the nobles.
Ogg's and its neighborhood were there; and it would have been worth while to come even from a distance, to see the fine old hall, with its open roof and carved oaken rafters, and great oaken folding-doors, and light shed down from a height on the many-colored show beneath; a very quaint place, with broad faded stripes painted on the walls, and here and there a show of heraldic animals of a bristly, long-snouted character, the cherished emblems of a noble family once the seigniors of this now civic hall.
Nicolas Suzor, * Bryony Seignior ([dagger]) and Jennifer Singleton
Governments must refrain from financing fiscal operations with seignior age revenue as this is potentially inflationary.
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has always aspired to be free [L'Ukraine a toujours aspire a etre libre]; but surrounded as she is by Muscovy, the states of the Grand Seignior [of Turkey], and Poland, she has been obliged to seek a protector, and consequently a master, in one of these three nations.
Yet this one single development allowed the banks to move away from reliance on sovereign money and to conduct business without seignior age.
When a seignior married a hierodule and she gave a female slave to her husband and she has then borne children, if later that female slave has claimed equality with her mistress because she bore children, her mistress may not sell her; she may mark her with the slave-mark and count her among the slaves (Code of Hammurabi, 18th century BCE, #146).
Mailer saw himself as the grand seignior, the arbiter of the literary world at that time.
Undoubtedly, higher inflation can be used to raise seignior age (thedifference between the value of money and the cost to print it) and remittance of central bank profits to the government, up to a point.