- seignior (sense )
- in French Canada, through the mid-19th cent., the owner of an estate orig. granted by royal decree to 17th-cent. French settlers
Origin of seigneurFrench ; from MFr: see seignior
- A man of rank, especially a feudal lord in the ancien régime.
- In Canada, a man who owned a large estate originally held by a feudal grant from the king of France.
- Used as a form of address for such a man.
Origin of seigneurFrench, from Old French seignor, from Vulgar Latin *senior; see seignior.
From Middle French seigneur, from Old French seignor.