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major-domo

[mey-jer-doh-moh] /ˌmeɪ dʒərˈdoʊ moʊ/
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.
3.
a person who makes arrangements for another.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Spanish mayordomo < Medieval Latin majordomūs head of the house, equivalent to major major + domūs, genitive of domus house; see dome
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major-domo

/ˌmeɪdʒəˈdəʊməʊ/
noun (pl) -mos
1.
the chief steward or butler of a great household
2.
(facetious) a steward or butler
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish mayordomo, from Medieval Latin mājor domūs head of the household
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Word Origin and History for major-domo
n.

1580s, via Italian maggiordomo or Spanish mayordomo, from Medieval Latin major domus "chief of the household," also "mayor of the palace" under the Merovingians, from Latin major "greater" (see major (adj.)) + genitive of domus "house" (see domestic).

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