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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Since the couple lacked a ringbearer, Jeanne asked if Disney’s majordomo could do the honor. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Disney fan reflects on 1992 fairy tale wedding at The Most Magical Place on Earth," 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, "Remembering Alber Elbaz, Visionary Designer, Generous Spirit, and Friend to All," 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,, "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,, "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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29 Apr 2021

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“Majordomo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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