sei·​gneur sān-ˈyər How to pronounce seigneur (audio)
often capitalized
: a man of rank or authority
especially : the feudal lord of a manor
: a member of the landed gentry of Canada

Examples of seigneur in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seigneur was in 1592

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“Seigneur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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

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