noun, often capitalized
sei·​gneur | \ sān-ˈyər How to pronounce seigneur (audio) \

Definition of seigneur

1 : a man of rank or authority especially : the feudal lord of a manor
2 : a member of the landed gentry of Canada

Examples of seigneur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is of course of George himself in gorgeous silver and velvet, a huge canvas that tested Lawrence’s skill in portraying him as a grand seigneur in the manner of the Sun King (see illustration on page 28). Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The New York Review of Books, 28 May 2020 Sometime after the panel in Oslo, Searle was dishonorably discharged from his emeritus position at UC Berkeley for allegedly leveraging his branding as a genius to assert droit de seigneur and exploit, abuse, and assault a young woman. Wired, 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of seigneur

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seigneur

Middle French, from Medieval Latin senior, from Latin, adjective, elder — more at senior

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“Seigneur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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