Definition of "seigneur" [seigneur]

  • A man of rank, especially a feudal lord in the ancien régime. (noun)
  • In Canada, a man who owned a large estate originally held by a feudal grant from the king of France. (noun)
  • Used as a form of address for such a man. (noun)

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Use "seigneur" in a sentence
  • "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."