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A majordomo is a person who speaks, makes arrangements, or takes charge for another. Typically, the term refers to the highest (major) person of a household (domo) staff, one who acts on behalf of the (often absent) owner of a typically large residence. Similar terms include castellan, concierge, chamberlain, seneschal, Mayor of the Palace, maître d'hôtel, butler and steward. The term also refers, more informally, to someone who oversees the day-to-day responsibilities of a business enterprise.


The etymology is from mayordomo (Spanish) and maior domus (Latin); similarly in French "majordome", in Catalan "majordom", in Italian "maggiordomo", in Portuguese "mordomo", in Romanian "majordom".


See also: Household management The majordomo is responsible for the management of a household or business. Majordomos were common in Europe until feudalism decreased in importance and the landed aristocracy no longer had the means to employ them.


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