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[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)
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.
a cigar-shaped wrasse, Oxyjulis californica, found off the coast of California, olive brown above shading to creamy white below.
Origin of señorita
1815-25, Americanism; < Spanish, diminutive of señora Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for senorita
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  • You have not been in Bogota for months, for years, senorita.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • (Down c., sarcastically to Dolores) A pretty speech, senorita!

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • He looked at the senorita and laughed in the manner of a man who had never yet failed to "get on" with women.

    Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories Henry Seton Merriman
  • And yesterday, senorita Rosario was putting the room you are to have in order.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • What do you know about the abduction of the senorita de Cordova?

  • senorita, your brother has told me you wish to speak with me?

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • senorita, they said it was a voice to make the dead hear, that he called with; and nobody could stop him.

    Ramona Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Perhaps the senorita may not treat my offer quite so slightingly as yourself.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • They mean to protect my senorita; they will let me take care of her.

    Ramona Helen Hunt Jackson
  • I am; and you, senorita, are the lady who wrote me the note that I received this morning?

    An Old Sailor's Yarns Nathaniel Ames
British Dictionary definitions for senorita


/ˌsɛnjɔːˈriːtə; Spanish seɲoˈrita/
noun (pl) -tas (-təz; Spanish) (-tas)
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for senorita

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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