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Indisputably, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele is fashion’s majordomo of the moment.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of majordomo
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MAJORDOMO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of majordomo for English Language Learners
: the person who runs a large house
: someone who runs an organization or a project
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