from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The head steward or butler in the household of a sovereign or great noble.
- n. A steward or butler.
- n. One who makes arrangements or directs affairs for another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The head steward or butler of a large household.
- n. Somebody who makes arrangements or directs affairs for another.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A man who has authority to act, within certain limits, as master of the house; a steward; also, a chief minister or officer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. See water-master.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the chief steward or butler of a great household
Italian maggiordomo or Spanish mayordomo, both from Medieval Latin māior domūs : Latin māior, chief; see meg- in Indo-European roots + Latin domūs, genitive of domus, house; see dem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)