noun, plural sei·gneurs [seen-yurz, seyn-; French se-nyœr] /sinˈyɜrz, seɪn-; French sɛˈnyœr/. (sometimes initial capital letter)
- a lord, especially a feudal lord.
- (in French Canada) a holder of a seigneury.
- a feudal lord, esp in France
- (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
n.“feudal landowner in France,” 1590s, from Middle French seigneur, from Old French seignor (see seignior). Related: Seigneuress.