from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man of rank, especially a feudal lord in the ancien régime.
- n. In Canada, a man who owned a large estate originally held by a feudal grant from the king of France.
- n. Used as a form of address for such a man.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A feudal lord; a noble.
- n. The hereditary feudal ruler of Sark.
- n. A landowner in Canada; the holder of a seigneurie.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See seignior.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a man of rank in the ancient regime
The term seigneur is still used but is now a mere honorary title.
Bodin adopted the term seigneur as the equivalent of despótēs for one of his three varieties of government in the French version of the Six livres de la République
The habitants of New France respected the horny-handed man in homespun whom they called their seigneur: the depth of this loyalty and respect could not fairly be measured by old-world standards.
The ancients among the Hebrews, the Geronts of Sparta, the Senate of Rome, nay, the very etymology of our word seigneur, show how much gray hairs were formerly respected.
Rome, nay, the very etymology of our word seigneur, show how much gray hairs were formerly respected.
The social rank and the reputed ability of the seigneur were the determining factors.
The seigneur was his friend, but the seigneur could not disobey the governor's orders.
The seigneur was the protector of the little town that lay below.
Life "_en grand seigneur_" has never been the foible of the rich American, but as the seigneur is a species of recent growth and has not yet had time to blossom into flower and show us just to what his nature turns, we must watch his movements hereafter with interest.
'This is the Castle of Balchenburg,' was the reply; 'the seigneur is the
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