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).
messaging, tool A popular freewaremailing list processor written in Perl which runs under Unix. Majordomo is a "groupware" project which evolved from code by Brent Chapman , with maintenance by John Rouillard . The current Majordomo maintainer is Chan Wilson . A majordomo is a person who speaks, makes arrangements, or takes charge for another; from Latin "major domus" - "master of the house". (http://greatcircle.com/majordomo/). (2001-04-27)