|1.||a steward of the household of a medieval prince or nobleman who took charge of domestic arrangements, etc|
|2.||(Brit) a cathedral official|
|[C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin siniscalcus, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German senescalh oldest servant, from sene- old + scalh a servant]|
in medieval and early modern France, a steward or principal administrator in a royal or noble household. As time went on, the office declined in importance and was often equivalent to that of a bailiff (q.v.); the office and title persisted until the French Revolution.
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