Pronunciation note Mrs., first recorded in the early 17th century, was originally, like Miss, an abbreviation of mistress.Mrs. and mistress were at first used interchangeably in all contexts, but by the second half of that century, the written form of the abbreviation was largely confined to use as a title preceding a woman's surname. By the early 19th century, reduction of the medial consonant cluster had contracted the usual pronunciation of the title from /ˈmɪstrɪs/Show Spelled[mis-tris]Show IPA to /ˈmɪsɪs/[mis-is] or /ˈmɪsɪz/[mis-iz]. The contracted pronunciation used other than as a title was not considered standard, and today, locutions like Let me discuss it with the missis are perceived as old-fashioned. Currently, two main types of pronunciation for the abbreviation occur in the United States; /ˈmɪsɪz/[mis-iz] and sometimes /ˈmɪsɪs/[mis-is] are the common forms in the North and North Midland, while in the South Midland and South, the prevalent types are /ˈmɪzɪz/[miz-iz] and /mɪz/[miz] the latter homophonous with the usual pronunciation of the abbreviation Ms.
a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.
a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.
an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.
a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.
1582, abbreviation of mistress (q.v.), originally in all uses of that word. The pl. Mmes. is an abbreviation of Fr. mesdames, pl. of madame. Pronunciation "missis" was considered vulgar at least into 18c. The Mrs. "one's wife" is from 1920.