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señorita

[seyn-yuh-ree-tuh, seen-; Spanish se-nyaw-ree-tah] /ˌseɪn yəˈri tə, ˌsin-; Spanish sɛ nyɔˈri tɑ/
noun, plural señoritas
[seyn-yuh-ree-tuh z, seen-; Spanish se-nyaw-ree-tahs] /ˌseɪn yəˈri təz, ˌsin-; Spanish sɛ nyɔˈri tɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a Spanish term of address equivalent to miss, used alone or capitalized and prefixed to the name of a girl or unmarried woman.
Abbreviation: Srta.
2.
a cigar-shaped wrasse, Oxyjulis californica, found off the coast of California, olive brown above shading to creamy white below.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism; < Spanish, diminutive of señora
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  • His confectionery became proverbial, and rarely ever did our visitors leave without a supply of dulces for their senorita friends.
British Dictionary definitions for señorita

señorita

/ˌsɛnjɔːˈriːtə; Spanish seɲoˈrita/
noun (pl) -tas (-təz; Spanish) (-tas)
1.
an unmarried Spanish or Spanish-speaking woman: a title of address equivalent to Miss when placed before a name or madam or miss when used alone
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Word Origin and History for señorita

senorita

n.

"a young Spanish lady," 1823, from Spanish señorita, Spanish title corresponding to English "Miss," diminutive of señora (see senora). The Portuguese equivalent is senhorita.

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