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Definition of droit de seigneur noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


droit de seigneur

NAmE//ˌdrwɑ də sɛnˈyər//
[uncountable] (from French)
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the right of a lord to have sex with a woman of lower social rank on her wedding night, said to exist in the Middle Ages
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: droit de seigneur