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[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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  • "I shall not keep you waiting, monsieur," was the Vicomte's answer.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • At last she thought she might speak, wishing simply to say: "Thank you, monsieur."

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • “It was too touching, too mournful to be endured,” resumed monsieur Pascal.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • Ah, monsieur, there was never anything equal to that in the whole world.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • "Excuse me, monsieur," he said to the commissary in a low tone.

    File No. 113 Emile Gaboriau
British Dictionary definitions for 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 monsieur

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.

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