|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (October 2012)|
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 (domūs or domicile) staff, who acts on behalf of the (often absent) owner of a (typically) large or significant 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 origin is from maior domūs (Latin), and it was borrowed into English from Spanish "mayordomo" or obsolete Italian "maiordomo". Also found as French "majordome", modern Italian "maggiordomo", Portuguese and Galician "mordomo", in Romanian and Catalan "majordom".
The majordomo is responsible for the management of a household or business. Majordomos were common in Europe until the landed aristocracy weakened and no longer had the means to employ them.
Examples in fiction
Examples of fictional majordomos would be Jonathan Quayle Higgins III from the popular 1980s television series Magnum, P.I., Bib Fortuna from Return of the Jedi, and Carson from the PBS miniseries Downton Abbey.
|Look up majordomo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
- majordomo, Merriam-Webster Dictionary
|This job-, occupation-, or vocation-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|