Definition of droit de seigneur in English:

droit de seigneur


mass noun
  • The alleged right of a medieval feudal lord to have sexual intercourse with a vassal's bride on her wedding night.

    • ‘The count plots to exercise his droit de seigneur, the right of titled men to deflower the brides of lesser folk.’
    • ‘Regret about the abolition of droit de seigneur and the right of feudal overlords to flog peasants may be comic, but it is hardly an interesting political philosophy.’
    • ‘This seems somewhat churlish: what is the point of having an knighthood if you can't exercise the ancient rights that this charming custom affords - such as droit de seigneur and queue-jumping in swanky restaurants.’


French, literally ‘lord's right’.


droit de seigneur

/ˌdrwʌ də sɛnˈjəː/