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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the chief steward or butler of a great household;
[syn: major-domo, seneschal]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Seneschal \Sen"es*chal\, n. [OF. seneschal, LL. seniscalcus, of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth. sineigs old, skalks, OHG. scalch, AS. scealc. Cf. Senior, Marshal.] 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. [1913 Webster] Then marshaled feast Served up in hall with sewers and seneschale. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Philip Augustus, by a famous ordinance in 1190, first established royal courts of justice, held by the officers called baitiffs, or seneschals, who acted as the king's lieutenants in his demains. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

seneschal n 1: the chief steward or butler of a great household [syn: major-domo, seneschal]