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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.
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Contract notice: Call for proposals for the real estate transfer of the site known as the clos bourdon (former seigniorial farm) located in the town of rmy.
Crossroads of Freedom, however, does not only focus on poor people of color, it provides a full picture through a continuing assessment of the seigniorial response.
And they stood for things like universal public education and against seigniorial rights in Quebec.
Wilson then reads the Barataria episode as a dystopian version of Thomas More's Utopia, situated in an "ultra-marine 'no-place' in South America" (140), and as a satire of seigniorial abuse of the workers in "mines, sugar cane mills and plantations of the New World" (154).
Arriving to Ixsir winery, one is greeted by a 17th century seigniorial house surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards underneath which are three floors dedicated to winemaking and storage cellars.
Although Dowell fails to recognize that purchasing Branshaw Manor, rather than inheriting it, entitles him to its occupancy but also disentitles him from the seigniorial role, at the end of the novel he does acknowledge his isolation:
Similarly, the editors' notes to the translation of Las Siete Partidas leave little doubt when they claim that "the oppressive and degrading seigniorial rights enjoyed by the lords of Germany, France and England which placed the serf on a level with beast of burden .
There were also defined the seigniorial and manorial rights of the lord over the peasant.
Transforming seigniorial and degrading labor relations thus became part of the missionary project--a goal additionally compelling since most Protestant congregants came from the laboring classes.
The crown courts in that time exercised jurisdiction alongside seigniorial courts, as the federal courts exercise jurisdiction alongside state courts.
Russian peasants had been migrating to open or "free" land since before the era of serfdom and continued to do so despite restrictions on the movement of seigniorial peasants.