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Fräulein

[froi-lahyn; English froi-lahyn or, often, fraw-, frou-] /ˈfrɔɪ laɪn; English ˈfrɔɪ laɪn or, often, ˈfrɔ-, ˈfraʊ-/
noun, plural Fräulein. English, Fräuleins. German.
1.
an unmarried woman.
2.
the conventional German title of respect and term of address for an unmarried woman, corresponding to Miss.
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  • Besides why did fraulein Liedermann not entertain her girl friends in the drawing-rooms of her home?

  • "Most certainly her love has died," asserted fraulein Mosebach.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Far away beneath her fear and indignation, fraulein was answered.

    Pointed Roofs Dorothy Richardson
  • "Thou art not dignified enough for a teacher," said the fraulein, laughingly.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • I looked out for my dear little fraulein, in the anxious hope that she might be following; but, alas!

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • "It was so beautiful what they behaved yet to this time," cried the fraulein.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • He says fraulein Grete and carried my cloak which Mother sent me because of the rain and he saw me home after supper.

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
  • Are you tired of sitting for your portrait, fraulein Christian?

  • fraulein opened her purse and put two small coins into the child's hand.

    The Magic Nuts Mrs. Molesworth
  • There was surprise and indignation in fraulein's expression.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston Caroline E. Jacobs
British Dictionary definitions for fraulein

Fräulein

/German ˈfrɔylain; English ˈfrɔːlaɪn; ˈfraʊ-/
noun (pl) -lein, (English) -leins
1.
an unmarried German woman: formerly used as a title equivalent to Miss Frl
Word Origin
from Middle High German vrouwelīn, diminutive of vrouwe lady
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Word Origin and History for fraulein
n.

German Fräulein "unmarried woman" (Middle High German vrouwelin), diminutive of Frau "lady" (see frau).

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