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What I learned today

August 22nd, 2007 August 26, 2007

Filed under: vocabulary — glaucusapfelstrudel @ 5:41 pm

What I learned today…

majordomo (noun)

A majordomo is the head (major) person of a domestic (domo) staff, one who acts on behalf of the (often absent) owner of a typically large residence. Similar terms include castellan, chamberlain, seneschal, maître d’hôtel, butler and steward.

The etymology is from mayordomo (Spanish) and major domus (Latin).

Usually ranking above the butler, the majordomo is responsible for all managerial and financial affairs concerning his employer’s households. This term, now seldom used, was common in Europe until the early 20th century. Significantly, the French term now used as equivalent to butler still is majordome.

I’d heard this term before but for some reason thought it was a Japanese military term for a general or someone of high ranking authority. I stand corrected.

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