sen·​e·​schal ˈse-nə-shəl How to pronounce seneschal (audio)
: an agent or steward in charge of a lord's estate in feudal times

Examples of seneschal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eventually, he would be appointed royal seneschal and become a close advisor of the king’s. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 3 July 2018

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Goth sineigs old and to Old High German scalc servant — more at senior

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seneschal was in the 14th century

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“Seneschal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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sen·​e·​schal ˈsen-ə-shəl How to pronounce seneschal (audio)
: an agent or bailiff who managed a lord's estate in feudal times

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