[mon-see-nyer; Italian mawn-see-nyawr]
noun, plural Monsignors Italian, Monsignori [mawn-see-nyaw-ree] . Roman Catholic Church.
a title conferred upon certain prelates.
a person bearing this title.
Also, monsignor.

1635–45; < Italian < French Monseigneur monseigneur; see signor

monsignorial [mon-seen-yawr-ee-uhl, -yohr-] , adjective Unabridged
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Monsignor (mɒnˈsiːnjə, Italian monsiɲˈɲor)
n , pl Monsignors, Monsignori
RC Church Mgr, Abbreviation: Msgr an ecclesiastical title attached to certain offices or distinctions usually bestowed by the Pope
[C17: from Italian, from French Monseigneur]

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Word Origin & History

title conferred on some prelates, 1641, from It. monsignore, formed on model of Fr. monseigneur from equivalent elements in It.
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