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From French [Term?], from Latin vice-dominus, from Latin vice (instead of) + dominus (master, lord).


vidame (plural vidames)

  1. (historical) One of a class of temporal officers who originally represented the bishops, but later erected their offices into fiefs, and became feudal nobles.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for vidame in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)