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[seen-yur, seyn-; French se-nyœr] /sinˈyɜr, seɪn-; French sɛˈnyœr/
noun, plural seigneurs
[seen-yurz, seyn-; French se-nyœr] /sinˈyɜrz, seɪn-; French sɛˈnyœr/ (Show IPA).
(sometimes initial capital letter)
a lord, especially a feudal lord.
(in French Canada) a holder of a seigneury.
Origin of seigneur
1585-95; < French < Vulgar Latin *senior lord. See senior
Related forms
[seen-yur-ee-uh l, seyn-] /sinˈyɜr i əl, seɪn-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for seigneur
Historical Examples
  • She heard, however, the quick breathing of the seigneur beside her, and it called her back to an active and necessary confidence.

  • Why, all Quebec knows that the seigneur de Repentigny is mad in love with her.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • By the time Charley's wound was stopped, messengers were on the way to the Cure and the seigneur.

  • Strengthen your legs, seigneur Mauprat, that you may stand firm to support Edmee.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • What assures me that the seigneur Gremion will not sell me, or separate me from you?'

  • You are the personification of fortune, of beauty, and of youth, my dear seigneur; my only pleasure is in you.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • But if she marry, her husband shall pay the fee to the seigneur whose vassal she is.

    Women of Medival France Pierce Butler
  • One moment, just one moment more, and we will go away, my dear seigneur.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The seigneur was struck by this and by the strangeness of her look.

  • With returning testiness the seigneur swung round to face him again.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for seigneur


/sɛˈnjɜː; French sɛɲœr/
a feudal lord, esp in France
(in French Canada, until 1854) the landlord of an estate that was subdivided among peasants who held their plots by a form of feudal tenure
Derived Forms
seigneurial, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin senior, from Latin: an elderly man; see senior
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Word Origin and History for seigneur

"feudal landowner in France," 1590s, from Middle French seigneur, from Old French seignor (see seignior). Related: Seigneuress.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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