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  • n  the chief steward or butler of a great household

  • As major-domo of the White House he ran its social functions, stage-managed the ceremonious presentation of diplomatic credentials, arranged seating lists for dinners, kept a .
  • If Mastrangelo wanted, his major-domo could also wake him in the morning, make him a cup of tea, brief him on the day's business appointments as he has breakfast, remind him that .
  • Irish friends of the Seneschal (literally "Old Servant") pointed out that in medieval times the seneschal or major-domo of a King often achieved more power than his master .
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  • Ralph Fiennes brings feeling to multi-faceted role
    NEW YORK — As Monsieur Gustave, the major-domo in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Ralph Fiennes has critics touting this as a defining performance in a dazzling career. “It was a fantastic role in an amazing screenplay written by Wes which was unlike anything else I’d read,” said Fiennes, 51, at the Crosby Street Hotel.
    March 9, 2014 - Boston Herald

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