seneschal

noun
sen·​e·​schal | \ ˈse-nə-shəl How to pronounce seneschal (audio) \

Definition of seneschal

: 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, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of seneschal

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seneschal

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

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“Seneschal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seneschal. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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