AskDefine | Define majordomo

Dictionary Definition

major-domo n : the chief steward or butler of a great household [syn: seneschal]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The head servant in a wealthy European household
  2. A butler


Extensive Definition

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


The etymology is from mayordomo (Spanish) and major domus (Latin). Similarly in french "majordome", in Italian "maggiordomo".


The majordomo is responsible for the management of the household. Majordomos were common in Europe until feudalism decreased in importance and the landed aristocracy no longer had the means to employ them.

See also


majordomo in Spanish: Mayordomo (criado)
majordomo in Italian: Maggiordomo

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1