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Nov 11, 2010
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Miscellaneous words

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vitiate
parsimonious
miry
majordomo
fatuous

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majordomo

PRONUNCIATION:
(may-juhr-DO-mo)

MEANING:
noun:
1. Someone whose job is to make arrangements or organize things for another.
2. A steward or butler.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Spanish mayordomo (butler, main servant), from Latin major + domus (house).

USAGE:
"If there hadn't been a Saudi majordomo to come and collect us, we would have been in limbo -- a pair of single women wandering the airport with no man to get them out, trapped forever like Tom Hanks in the movie The Terminal."
Maureen Dowd; A Girls' Guide to Saudi Arabia; Vanity Fair (New York); Aug 2010.

See more usage examples of majordomo in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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