Definitions

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  • n. The head servant or official in a royal Spanish or Italian household; later, any head servant in a wealthy household in a foreign country; a leading servant or butler.
  • n. A manager of a hacienda, ranch or estate.
  • n. Any overseer, organizer, person in command.

Etymologies

From Italian maggiordomo and Spanish mayordomo, from Late Latin maior domus ("steward"), from Latin māior ("main, principal") + genitive singular of domus ("household"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The majordomo was a tall, blue-skinned Bolian dressed in a tuxedo, and he seemed eminently above it all and bored with it at the same time.

    ROGUE SAUCER

  • The majordomo was a high-ranking slave who had the duty of relaying the Queen's orders when it came to whom she would see and whom she would not.

    If I Pay Thee Not In Gold

  • Upon that she related that the majordomo had given orders to the Bargello, and that I should certainly be taken up: only, if I would not harbour her son, I might square accounts by paying her a hundred crowns; the majordomo was her crony, and I might rest assured that she could work him to her liking, provided I paid down the hundred crowns.

    LXI

  • Bargello, and that I should certainly be taken up: only, if I would not harbour her son, I might square accounts by paying her a hundred crowns; the majordomo was her crony, and I might rest assured that she could work him to her liking, provided I paid down the hundred crowns.

    Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

  • Below stairs, so to speak, is a parallel contest — in fact, the novel's dominant rivalry — between the ambitious young assistants of each powerful man: Jeric ó , who becomes underchief to Carrera; and Josu é , who rises to become a kind of majordomo to the titan Monroy.

    Intellectual Intrigue in Mexico City

  • I thought that a “man’s man” was either a gay guy’s lover – or one of those traditional forms of help – otherwise known as a majordomo, butler, whatever.

    David Beckham…top stud! Just, ask me.com « Julian Ayrs & Pop Culture

  • I thought that a “man’s man” was either a gay guy’s lover – or one of those traditional forms of help – otherwise known as a majordomo, butler, ...

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  • "Lord Hauksberg's valet just called the majordomo here.

    Ensign Flandry

  • Mr. Brooks was her aging but entirely capable personal assistant or, as she liked to call him, her majordomo, since both he and the word seemed to hail from a more gracious, bygone era.

    Fatal Error

  • On Tuesday, Paco learned that his friend Victor, majordomo for thirty years with the Tabors, had been let go.

    Three Stages of Amazement

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  • He's always the culprit.

    May 13, 2009

  • (n) A majordomo is the highest (major) person of a household (domo) staff, one who acts on behalf of the (often absent) owner of a typically large household; A butler.

    May 13, 2009