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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
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  • Your memory is treacherous, my dear Monseigneur; look in another drawer.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • When but twenty years of age, Monseigneur was a captain under Charles X.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Monseigneur was ruffled, distinctly so, and Madame was on the verge of tears.

  • But Angelique started as she thought, where had she ever seen anyone who looked like Monseigneur?

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Monseigneur, with his habitual movement of pastoral benediction, aided this pure soul to free itself from the frail body.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • It was at this instant that Monseigneur arrived on the Place du Cloitre.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • 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
  • Taking Angelique's hand, he led her in that way into the great garden of the Monseigneur.

    The Dream Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for Monseigneur


noun (pl) Messeigneurs (mesɛɲœr)
a title given to French bishops, prelates, and princes Mgr
Word Origin
literally: my lord
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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.

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