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Monsignor

or monsignor

[mon-see-nyer; Italian mawn-see-nyawr] /mɒnˈsi nyər; Italian ˌmɔn siˈnyɔr/
noun, plural Monsignors Italian, Monsignori
[mawn-see-nyaw-ree] /ˌmɔn siˈnyɔ ri/ (Show IPA).
Roman Catholic Church
1.
a title conferred upon certain prelates.
2.
a person bearing this title.
Origin of Monsignor
1635-1645
1635-45; < Italian < French Monseigneur monseigneur; see signor
Related forms
monsignorial
[mon-seen-yawr-ee-uh l, -yohr-] /ˌmɒn sinˈyɔr i əl, -ˈyoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Monsignor

/mɒnˈsiːnjə; Italian monsiɲˈɲor/
noun (pl) Monsignors, Monsignori (Italian) (monsiɲˈɲoːri)
1.
(RC Church) an ecclesiastical title attached to certain offices or distinctions usually bestowed by the Pope Abbreviation Mgr, Msgr
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, from French Monseigneur
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monsignor

n.

title conferred on some prelates, 1640s, from Italian monsignore "my lord," formed on model of French monseigneur (see monseigneur) from equivalent elements in Italian.

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