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[meys-yurz, mes-erz; French me-syœ] /meɪsˈyɜrz, ˈmɛs ərz; French mɛˈsyœ/
plural of monsieur.


[muh s-yur; French muh-syœ] /məsˈyɜr; French məˈsyœ/
noun, plural messieurs
[meys-yurz, mes-erz; French me-syœ] /meɪsˈyɜrz, ˈmɛs ərz; French mɛˈsyœ/ (Show IPA)
the conventional French title of respect and term of address for a man, corresponding to Mr. or sir.
Origin of monsieur
1490-1500; < French: literally, my lord (orig. applied only to men of high station); see sire Unabridged
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  • Bon voyage, messieurs,' he said, as he brought them each a steaming cup of tea.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • As I sat there, messieurs, a sight too beautiful greeted my eyes.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • Puisque vous ne voulez pas vous rendre mes raisons, messieurs, continuez croire tout ce qu'il vous plaira du chteau des Carpathes.

  • "But I cannot, messieurs," the woman was saying, when the second voice interrupted her.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • Well, messieurs, you would never believe what they have done, the rascals!

    Paris under the Commune John Leighton
  • I have a little theory which you messieurs who go out there must help me to prove.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • Is it true all that is said about these people, I would say, these messieurs?

    A Beleaguered City Mrs. Oliphant
  • Now, messieurs, if you will tell me what you want, I will buy the things for you.

  • messieurs, it is the justice of Haro that I ask, not your lax usage of it.

  • Bon voyage, messieurs.4 If you value your lives you will catch the first train for Paris.

    Vera Oscar Wilde
British Dictionary definitions for messieurs


/ˈmɛsəz; French mesjø/
the plural of monsieur


/French məsjø; English məsˈjɜː/
noun (pl) messieurs (French) (mesjø; English) (ˈmɛsəz)
a French title of address equivalent to sir when used alone or Mr when placed before a name
Word Origin
literally: my lord
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Word Origin and History for messieurs



1510s, from French monsieur, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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