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or monseigneur

[mawn-se-nyœr] /mɔ̃ sɛˈnyœr/
noun, plural Messeigneurs
[mey-se-nyœr] /meɪ sɛˈnyœr/ (Show IPA)
a French title of honor given to princes, bishops, and other persons of eminence.
a person bearing this title.
Origin of Monseigneur
1590-1600; < French: my lord; see seigneur Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Your memory is treacherous, my dear Monseigneur; look in another drawer.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Monseigneur did not know that the night would be so fatiguing.

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Monseigneur was ruffled, distinctly so, and Madame was on the verge of tears.

  • Monseigneur, you do me too much honor, and I will set the example of confidence.

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Monseigneur, with his habitual movement of pastoral benediction, aided this pure soul to free itself from the frail body.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Did not I tell you, Monseigneur, that the Bretons were valuable to us.

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • He must have heard the voice of Monseigneur, because we who were close to him heard it.

    The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Ah, Monseigneur, you would make us out as infallible as the pope!

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
British Dictionary definitions for Monseigneur


noun (pl) Messeigneurs (mesɛɲœr)
a title given to French bishops, prelates, and princes Mgr
Word Origin
literally: my lord
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Monseigneur



c.1600, from French monseigneur (12c.), title of honor equivalent to "my lord," from mon "my" (from Latin meum) + seigneur "lord," from Latin seniorem, accusative of senior "older" (see senior (adj.)). Plural messeigneurs.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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