major-domo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n major-domo the chief steward or butler of a great household
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Major-domo A man who has authority to act, within certain limits, as master of the house; a steward; also, a chief minister or officer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n major-domo A man employed to superintend the management of a household, especially that of a sovereign or other dignitary keeping a great establishment; a house-steward. In former times the majordomo of a royal household was commonly an officer of high rank and influence, often charged with important ministerial duties in affairs of government. See mayor of the palace, under mayor.
    • n major-domo See water-master.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Major-domo an official who has the general management in a large household: a general steward: a chief minister (Sp. mayor-domo, a house-steward—L. major, greater, domus, a house)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. mayordomo, or It. maggiordomo,; both fr. LL. majordomus,; L. major, greater + domus, house
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., comp. of magnus.

Usage

In literature:

Its owner, a mandarin, was absent, but his major-domo took us over the whole house.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
Escorted by the major-domo, he was led to the drawing-room where Madame Rojas was waiting to receive him.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
Who's major domo of this outfit?
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
Some minutes later a Major-domo entered the room with much ceremony and silently presented him with a card.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
The door opened anew, and Silbertown came in, the major-domo of Lady Beltham's establishment at Neuilly.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
The major-domo rubbed his hands with an air of satisfaction.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
It is Youssouf, our faithful major-domo, come out with a lantern to meet us.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
Rations were then served out, the commissariat being under the able direction of Major Domo.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, December 2, 1914" by Various
Then, consigning my plantation to the care of my trusty major-domo, we all left for Manzanillo, under our military escort.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
The major domo only agreed to go on board when he was given the cabin originally intended for Miss Daisy.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
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In news:

Told that the major domos at the Caltech Folk Music Society view her appearance Saturday night as a homecoming celebration, Kristina Olsen was quick with a quip.
My favorite comes from David Axelrod, President Obama's suavely mustachioed major domo.
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