from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The title of an official rank in the Roman-German empire, held by the Elector of the Palatinate; the seneschal.


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  • An officer in the German empire whose office was, at the coronation of the emperor, to carry the first dish of meat to table on horseback. From arch, "chief," and L. dapifer, a food-bearer, from daps, "meat" or "a feast," and fero, "to carry."

    December 19, 2007