Definition of droit de seigneur noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


droit de seigneur

BrE BrE//ˌdrwʌ də senˈjɜː(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdrwʌ də senˈjɜːr//
[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 Word OriginFrench, literally ‘lord's right’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: droit de seigneur