messieurs

messieurs

[meys-yurz, mes-erz; French me-syœ]
noun
plural of monsieur.
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monsieur

[muhs-yur; French muh-syœ]
noun, plural messieurs [meys-yurz, mes-erz; French me-syœ] .
the conventional French title of respect and term of address for a man, corresponding to Mr. or sir.

Origin:
1490–1500; < French: literally, my lord (orig. applied only to men of high station); see sire

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messieurs (ˈmɛsəz, French mesjø)
 
n
the plural of monsieur

monsieur (French məsjø, English məsˈjɜː)
 
n , pl messieurs
a French title of address equivalent to sir when used alone or Mr when placed before a name
 
[literally: my lord]

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monsieur
1512, from Fr., from mon sieur "my lord," from sieur "lord," shortened form of seigneur (see monseigneur) It was the historical title for the second son or next younger brother of the king of France.
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