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[mey-jer-doh-moh] /ˌmeɪ dʒərˈdoʊ moʊ/
noun, plural major-domos.
a man in charge of a great household, as that of a sovereign; a chief steward.
a steward or butler.
a person who makes arrangements for another.
Origin of major-domo
1580-90; < Spanish mayordomo < Medieval Latin majordomūs head of the house, equivalent to major major + domūs, genitive of domus house; see dome Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for majordomo
Historical Examples
  • The old nurse, Nonna, aided the majordomo, and these two faithful souls confided their anxiety to one another.

    Complete Short Works Georg Ebers
  • His majordomo, Requesenz, who was in Ferrara in January, had come for the same purpose.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • The majordomo was as cool and calm as when he left the hacienda.

    The Queen of the Savannah Gustave Aimard
  • The Count, the majordomo, and Dominique were really hurrying up.

    The Rebel Chief Gustave Aimard
  • This dolorous monologue was interrupted by the entrance of the canon's majordomo, an old servant with gray hair.

    Luxury-Gluttony: Eugne Sue
  • What the majordomo so long sought, and at length found, was a ford.

    The Queen of the Savannah Gustave Aimard
  • By the majordomo of Dom Digo, a modest servant who keeps me informed of everything he can learn about the canon and his niece.

    Luxury-Gluttony: Eugne Sue
  • The Marquis was therefore compelled to engage a majordomo, and borrow on mortgage.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
  • The announcement of dinner by a majordomo, who threw open the double doors of the salon, put an end to this remark.

    The Deputy of Arcis Honore de Balzac
  • He shared his majordomo's opinions, though he would not allow it.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for majordomo


noun (pl) -mos
the chief steward or butler of a great household
(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 majordomo



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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majordomo in Technology
messaging, tool
A popular freeware mailing 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".
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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