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Monseigneur

[mawn-se-nyœr] /mɔ̃ sɛˈnyœr/
noun, plural Messeigneurs
[mey-se-nyœr] /meɪ sɛˈnyœr/ (Show IPA)
1.
a French title of honor given to princes, bishops, and other persons of eminence.
2.
a person bearing this title.
Also, monseigneur.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < French: my lord; see seigneur
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British Dictionary definitions for Monseigneur

Monseigneur

/mɔ̃sɛɲœr/
noun (pl) Messeigneurs (mesɛɲœr)
1.
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

monseigneur

n.

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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Encyclopedia Article for Monseigneur

monseigneur

former French title, appearing without an adjoining proper name, used to refer to or address the dauphin, or grand dauphin, heir apparent to the crown. Monseigneur was first applied to Louis XIV's son Louis de France (d. 1711) and grandson Louis, duc de Bourgogne (d. 1712); later to Louis XV's son Louis de France (d. 1765); and finally to Louis XVI's son Louis (d. 1789). More generally, monseigneur was used as a title preceding the titles of dukes and other peers, marshals of France, ministers of state, councillors of state, and presidents of sovereign courts

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