From Italian maggiordomo and Spanish mayordomo, from Late Latin maior domus (steward), from Latin māior (main, principal) + genitive singular of domus (household).


  • (UK) IPA: /ˌmeɪ.dʒəˈdəʊ.məʊ/
  • (US) IPA: /ˌmeɪ.dʒɚˈdoʊ.moʊ/




Majordomo (plural Majordomos)
  1. The head servant or official in a royal Spanish or Italian household; later, any head servant in a wealthy household in a foreign country; a leading servant or butler.
    • 2002, Marta VanLandingham, Chapter 7, Transforming the State: King, Court and Political Culture in the Realms of Aragon (1213-1387), ISBN 9004127437, page 164:
      In return for ruling over the king's palace, serving as the monarch's alter ego in the domestic sphere, and bearing the burden of accountability, the majordomo was compensated amply.</span>
  2. (US, Southwest) A manager of a hacienda, ranch or estate.
    • 2006, Gray A. Brechin, Chapter 5, Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin, ISBN 0520250087, page 212:
      She called upon a Missouri cousin named Edward Hardy Clark, who became the indispensable majordomo of the Hearst estate.</span>
  3. (chiefly US) Any overseer, organizer, person in command.
    • 2009, The Economic Times, 7 Jun 2009:
      The United Nation's climate majordomo -- tasked with herding 192 nations toward a do-or-die deal by year's end -- does not have the power to impose an agreement on how to curb greenhouse gases and cope with its consequences.


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