One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The chief steward of a large household.
attendant, retainerView synonyms
- ‘Up the main steps they went to the open main door where an imposing major-domo took the invitations.’
- ‘In a nineteenth-century South American setting, De Flores was a major-domo of slave stock, and his resentments, sexual and social, drove the action forward.’
- ‘Hildegardé was, unusually enough, actually acting like a major-domo.’
- ‘I was almost relieved when the household major-domo materialised from somewhere to bow and request her presence.’
- ‘Malvolio (Des McAleer) is a haughty major-domo, but where is his festering self-love and manic insecurity?’
Late 16th century: via Spanish and Italian from medieval Latin major domus ‘highest official of the household’.
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