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droit de seigneur Line breaks: droit de sei|gneur
Pronunciation: /ˌdrwʌ də sɛnˈjəː/

Definition of droit de seigneur in English:


[mass noun]
The alleged right of a medieval feudal lord to have sexual intercourse with a vassal’s bride on her wedding night.
Example sentences
  • The count plots to exercise his droit de seigneur, the right of titled men to deflower the brides of lesser folk.
  • Regret about the abolition of droit de seigneur and the right of feudal overlords to flog peasants may be comic, but it is hardly an interesting political philosophy.
  • This seems somewhat churlish: what is the point of having an knighthood if you can't exercise the ancient rights that this charming custom affords - such as droit de seigneur and queue-jumping in swanky restaurants.


French, literally 'lord's right'.

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