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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.]
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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]
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sen•e•schal(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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