droit du seigneur
noun Etymology: French, right of the lord Date: 1825 a supposed legal or customary right of a feudal lord to have sexual relations with a vassal's bride on her wedding night

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  • Droit du seigneur — ● Droit du seigneur droit qui a été souvent défini comme identique au droit de cuissage ou de culage …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • droit du seigneur — 1784, alleged medieval custom whereby the feudal lord had the right to have sex with the bride of his vassal on their wedding night before she went to her husband, from French, lit. the lord s right. There is little evidence that it actually… …   Etymology dictionary

  • droit du seigneur — [drwä dü se nyër′] n. [Fr, right of the lord] 1. an alleged right, reputedly claimed by some feudal lords, to the first night with a vassal s bride 2. any alleged right arrogantly presumed …   English World dictionary

  • Droit du seigneur — Vasily Polenov: Le droit du Seigneur (1874). A Victorian artist s painting of an old man bringing his young daughters to their feudal lord. Droit du seigneur (/ …   Wikipedia

  • droit du seigneur — drwädu̅e̅sānʸœœr noun Etymology: French, right of the lord : a supposed legal or customary right at the time of a marriage whereby a feudal lord had sexual relations with a vassal s bride on her wedding night * * * Fr. /drddwann dyuu se nyuerdd / …   Useful english dictionary

  • droit du seigneur — droit du sei•gneur fr. [[t]drwa dü sɛˈnyœr[/t]] n. fot why the supposed right of a feudal lord to have sexual relations with the bride of a vassal on her wedding night • Etymology: 1815–25; < F: lit., right of the lord …   From formal English to slang

  • droit du seigneur — Fr. /drddwann dyuu se nyuerdd / the supposed right claimable by a feudal lord to have sexual relations with the bride of a vassal on her first night of marriage. [1815 25; < F: lit., right of the lord] * * * …   Universalium

  • Droit de seigneur — (pronounced|dʀwa d(ə) sɛɲœʀ), French for the lord s right , is a term now popularly used to describe an alleged legal right allowing the lord of an estate to take the virginity of the estate s virgins. It is also spelled droit du seigneur (IPA|… …   Wikipedia

  • Droit de seigneur — Wassilij Dimitriewitsch Polenow zeigt 1874 wie ein alter Mann seine Tochter zum Feudalherrn bringt. Mit ius primae noctis (lateinisch „Recht der ersten Nacht“; auch jus primae noctis; auf französisch droit de seigneur) wird das R …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • droit du sei|gneur — «DRWA doo say NYERR», 1. the supposed right of a feudal lord to have sexual intercourse with a vassal s bride on her wedding night. 2. Figurative. any lordly or arrogant claim: »My stepfather seemed to think that he had a sort of droit du… …   Useful english dictionary

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