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 And the Far & Away guides are a wonder — equal parts Sherpa, raconteur, majordomo, chef, and naturalist. Christopher Solomon, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2022 Ebert likely also would have approved of the number of fruit carts overturned while Boba’s new crew chases the mayor’s cowardly majordomo through Mos Espa. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2022 Bib Fortuna: Jabba the Hutt’s majordomo — or head servant — who took over his master’s criminal empire upon his death. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Afzal, his grandfather’s old majordomo, followed behind on the stairs, mumbling through his ill-fitting false teeth. Daniyal Mueenuddin, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 Since the couple lacked a ringbearer, Jeanne asked if Disney’s majordomo could do the honor. Kathleen Christiansen,, 25 Apr. 2021 When Anouar Mesbahi Tayebi, the majordomo of the house where Alber and Alex spent so many happy summers together, announced in 2018 that he was getting married, Alber flew in specially for the ceremony and the festivities. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2021 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,, 18 Sep. 2019 Indisputably, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele is fashion’s majordomo of the moment. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 12 Mar. 2018 See More

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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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24 Mar 2022

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“Majordomo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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