noun Etymology: Middle English seygnour, from Anglo-French seignur, from Medieval Latin senior Date: 14th century seigneur 1

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  • Seignior — Seign ior, n. [OF. seignor, F. seigneur, cf. It. signore, Sp. se[ n]or from an objective case of L. senier elder. See {Senior}.] 1. A lord; the lord of a manor. [1913 Webster] 2. A title of honor or of address in the South of Europe,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seignior — (n.) lord of a manor, late 13c., from O.Fr. seignior, from L. seniorem (nom. senior) older (see SENIOR (Cf. senior)). As a general title for a Frenchman, it dates from 1580s …   Etymology dictionary

  • seignior — [sān′yər, sān yôr′] n. [ME segnour < Anglo Fr < OFr seignor < L senior: see SENIOR] 1. a lord or noble; specif., the lord of a fee or manor 2. SEIGNEUR (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • seignior — /seyn(i)yar/ In its general signification, means lord, but in law it is particularly applied to the lord of a fee or of a manor; and the fee, dominions, or manor of a seignior is thence termed a seigniory, i.e., a lordship. He who is a lord, but… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Seignior — Derived from the Olde French seignour itself from the Latin senior , the word means the elder or the chief , and may have been given to a Lord of the Manor but was more likely a nickname surname for either the village elder or one who aped the… …   Surnames reference

  • seignior — /seen yeuhr/, n. (sometimes cap.) a lord, esp. a feudal lord; ruler. [1300 50; ME segnour < AF; see SEIGNEUR] * * * …   Universalium

  • seignior — noun /ˈseɪnjə,ˈsiːnjɚ/ a) A feudal lord; nobleman who held his lands by feudal grant; any lord (holder) of a manor; a gentleman. b) A title of respect, formerly corresponding (especially in France) approximately to Sir …   Wiktionary

  • seignior — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. Mr., master, Herr (German); see mister , Sir 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • seignior — n. lord, nobleman, man of high rank; feudal lord …   English contemporary dictionary

  • seignior — n. Lord …   New dictionary of synonyms

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