from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An official in a medieval noble household in charge of domestic arrangements and the administration of servants; a steward or major-domo.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A steward in charge of a medieval nobleman's estate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An officer in the houses of princes and dignitaries, in the Middle Ages, who had the superintendence of feasts and domestic ceremonies; a steward. Sometimes the seneschal had the dispensing of justice, and was given high military commands.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, an officer in the household of a prince or dignitary, who had the superintendence of domestic ceremonies and feasts; a majordomo; a steward.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the chief steward or butler of a great household
Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English seneschal (recorded in English since 1393), from Old French seneschal, from Medieval Latin (Frankish) siniscalcus, from Proto-Germanic *sini- (“senior”) + Proto-Germanic *skalk (“servant”); latter term as in marshal. Compare French sénéchal. (Wiktionary)