Major-domo
Major-domo Ma`jor-do"mo, n. [Sp. mayordomo, or It. maggiordomo; both fr. LL. majordomus; L. major greater + domus house.] A man who has authority to act, within certain limits, as master of the house; a steward; also, a chief minister or officer. [1913 Webster]

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  • major-domo — 1580s, via It. maggiordomo or Sp. mayordomo, from M.L. major domus chief of the household, also mayor of the palace under the Merovingians, from L. major greater (see MAJOR (Cf. major) (adj.)) + gen. of domus house (see DOMESTIC (Cf. domestic) …   Etymology dictionary

  • major-domo — [mā′jər dō′mō] n. pl. major domos [Sp mayordomo or It maggiordomo < LL major domus < L major, greater (see MAJOR) + gen. of domus, house] 1. a man in charge of a great, royal, or noble household; chief steward 2. any steward or butler:… …   English World dictionary

  • major-domo — ► NOUN (pl. major domos) ▪ the chief steward of a large household. ORIGIN Spanish and Italian, from Latin major domus highest official of the household …   English terms dictionary

  • major domo — (mayordomo [majorðómo] < Late Latin major domus < Latin maior higher; highest and domus domestic )    1) California: 1834. The foreman on a ranch or farm or the overseer of a mission. By extension, the supervisor over any group or project.… …   Vocabulario Vaquero

  • major-domo — /may jeuhr doh moh/, n., pl. major domos. 1. a man in charge of a great household, as that of a sovereign; a chief steward. 2. a steward or butler. 3. a person who makes arrangements for another. [1580 90; < Sp mayordomo < ML majordomus head of… …   Universalium

  • major-domo — [ˌmeɪdʒə dəʊməʊ] noun (plural major domos) the chief steward of a large household. Origin C16: via Sp. and Ital. from med. L. major domus highest official of the household …   English new terms dictionary

  • major-domo — /meɪdʒə ˈdoʊmoʊ/ (say mayjuh dohmoh) noun (plural major domos) 1. a man in charge of a great household, as that of a sovereign; a chief steward. 2. a steward or butler. {Spanish mayordomo, or Italian maggiordomo, from Medieval Latin mājor domūs… …   Australian English dictionary

  • major-domo — n. (pl. os) 1 the chief official of an Italian or Spanish princely household. 2 a house steward; a butler. Etymology: orig. mayordome f. Sp. mayordomo, It. maggiordomo f. med.L major domus highest official of the household (as MAJOR, DOME) …   Useful english dictionary

  • major-domo — noun a) The head steward or butler of a large household. b) Somebody who makes arrangements or directs affairs for another. Syn: seneschal …   Wiktionary

  • major-domo — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. butler, steward, retainer; see servant …   English dictionary for students

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