1580s, via It. maggiordomo or Sp. mayordomo, from M.L. major domus "chief of the household," also "mayor of the palace" under the Merovingians, from L. major "greater" + gen. 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)