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senhorita

[seen-yuh-ree-tuh, seyn-; Portuguese se-nyaw-ree-tuh] /ˌsin yəˈri tə, ˌseɪn-; Portuguese ˌsɛ nyɔˈri tə/
noun, plural senhoritas
[seen-yuh-ree-tuh z, seyn-; Portuguese se-nyaw-ree-tuh sh] /ˌsin yəˈri təz, ˌseɪn-; Portuguese ˌsɛ nyɔˈri təʃ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a Portuguese term of address equivalent to miss, used alone or capitalized and prefixed to the name of a girl or unmarried woman.
Abbreviation: Srta.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Portuguese, diminutive of senhora
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