seigneur

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seigneur

1. a feudal lord, esp in France
2. (in French Canada, until 1854) the landlord of an estate that was subdivided among peasants who held their plots by a form of feudal tenure
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Immediately, the barons, seigniors, knights, and dukes all took to their heels, away and under the table; however at that moment the hail and rain stopped.
Having arrived at the castle, the sly goldsmith began to set the diamonds in the gold and to present these adornments to those knights and seigniors who had influence in the court.
Thus, both state and seigniors became more dependent on intermediate authorities recruited from the village population.
37) Many absentee seigniors employed estate managers, but in most cases, the managers were expected to work jointly with the communal authorities.
But as late as 1831, at least, the design of the act was likely to be frustrated, owing to the reluctance of the seigniors and peasants.