- Lit. 'dish-thegn'. An AS *steward. One of the many ranks and degrees of *thegn which had developed by the end of the AS period. [< OldEngl. disc = a dish or bowl + thegn] -Cf. Seneschal
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Seneschal — Steward or major domo of a great estate; the official responsible for the estate s daily functioning, including sometimes responsibility for justice within the household. An AS seneschal was known as a *discthegn, i.e. a dish thegn. [< Germ.… … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases