1. [syn: feudal lord, seigneur, seignior]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Seignior \Seign"ior\, n. [OF. seignor, F. seigneur, cf. It.
signore, Sp. se[~n]or from an objective case of L. senier
elder. See Senior.]
1. A lord; the lord of a manor.
2. A title of honor or of address in the South of Europe,
corresponding to Sir or Mr. in English.
Grand Seignior, the sultan of Turkey.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a man of rank in the ancient regime [syn: feudal lord,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
SEIGNIOR or SEIGNEUR. Among the feudists, this name signified lord of the
fee. F. N. B. 23. The most extended signification of this word includes not
only a lord or peer of parliament, but is applied to the owner or proprietor
of a thing; hence, the owner of a hawk, and the master of a fishing vessel,
is called a seigneur. 37 Edw. Ill. c. 19; Barr. on the Stat. 258.