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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
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • “Buenos noches, senorita,” he said politely, taking it from her.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • What do you know about the abduction of the senorita de Cordova?

  • I don't think the senorita could have left it in this house at all.

  • 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
  • Use the words glorious and successful when you speak to the senorita.

  • They mean to protect my senorita; they will let me take care of her.

    Ramona Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Did not his worship think that it was the senorita's heart which was not at ease?

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
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
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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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