Definition of seneschal in English:
1 historical The steward or major-domo of a medieval great house.
- Originally purely a household officer, the task of the steward, or seneschal, was to place dishes on the royal table, but like many comparable offices it gathered other duties and rose in prestige.
- The seneschal began presumably by being the major-domo of the German barbarian princes who settled in the empire, and was therefore the predecessor of the mayors of the palace of the Merovingian kings.
- In the great medieval households of bygone days the Seneschal was in charge of the castle, estate or home.
2chiefly historical A governor or other administrative or judicial officer.
- ‘Death by hanging, your Majesty,’ the seneschal immediately responded, a grave tone to his rich voice.
- First, her identity as a knight is determined by her relation to Amoret, which has been secured by her martial victory over her rival and affirmed by the court's seneschal.
- A quick visit to the King's seneschal confirmed that he could indeed reclaim his men, and that they would be dispatched to the manor at Cosh that afternoon.
Definition of seneschal in:
- US English dictionary
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