Definition of major-domo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌmeɪdʒəˈdəʊməʊ

noun (plural major-domos)

  • The chief steward of a large household: I twice left a message, once with Pippa and once with her major-domo, asking him to ring back
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    • I was almost relieved when the household major-domo materialised from somewhere to bow and request her presence.
    • In a nineteenth-century South American setting, De Flores was a major-domo of slave stock, and his resentments, sexual and social, drove the action forward.
    • Malvolio (Des McAleer) is a haughty major-domo, but where is his festering self-love and manic insecurity?


late 16th century: via Spanish and Italian from medieval Latin major domus 'highest official of the household'.

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