majordomo

noun
ma·​jor·​do·​mo | \ ˌmā-jər-ˈdō-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce majordomo (audio) \
plural majordomos

Definition of majordomo

1 : a head steward of a large household (such as a palace)
3 : a person who speaks, makes arrangements, or takes charge for another broadly : the person who runs an enterprise the majordomo of the fair

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Majordomo has relatives in Spanish ("mayordomo") and Italian (the now obsolete "maiordomo"), and English speakers borrowed the term from one of these languages. All three words - "majordomo," "mayordomo," and "maiordomo" - ultimately come from the Medieval Latin major domus, meaning "chief of the house." In its earliest uses, "majordomo" referred to the head steward of a royal household. The position was a high one with some relatively weighty responsibilities. Later, in the U.S., the word was used for the steward or overseer of a ranch. Since then, the word's meaning has extended even further; today, "majordomo" can designate any person who takes charge of another's affairs, be they business or personal.

Examples of majordomo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The restaurant, owned and run by chef Chris Prosperi and his able majordomo, Courtney Febbroriello, includes two dining rooms, a parlor, smaller private dining spaces, an outdoor patio and a spacious event room. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Now in its third home, Metro Bis in Simsbury offers five-star harmony of setting, service and food," 18 Sep. 2019 Indisputably, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele is fashion’s majordomo of the moment. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Most Viewed Fall 2018 Collections on Vogue Runway," 12 Mar. 2018 Here is your guide to the actors breathing new life (literally!) to the iconic roles In July, EW confirmed that the British Last Week Tonight host will be taking on the part of Zazu, the uptight hornbill who serves as King Mufasa's majordomo. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Meet the Stars Bringing Your Childhood Dreams to Life as Live Action Disney Characters," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of majordomo

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for majordomo

Spanish mayordomo or obsolete Italian maiordomo, from Medieval Latin major domus, literally, chief of the house

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“Majordomo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/majordomo. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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majordomo

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English Language Learners Definition of majordomo

old-fashioned : the person who runs a large house
: someone who runs an organization or a project

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