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[seen-yaw-ree-nuh; Italian see-nyaw-ree-nah] /ˌsin yɔˈri nə; Italian ˌsi nyɔˈri nɑ/
noun, plural signorinas Italian, signorine
[see-nyaw-ree-ne] /ˌsi nyɔˈri nɛ/ (Show IPA)
a conventional Italian term of address or title of respect for a girl or unmarried woman, either used separately or prefixed to the name.
Origin of signorina
1810-20; < Italian; diminutive of signora signora; see -ine1 Unabridged
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  • I delayed to hear no more, but drawn by some mysterious attraction sought and found the signorina Colonna.

    Romance of Roman Villas Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
  • "signorina, my father is dead," he said, in a changed voice.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • I have tried to make you understand something of the strength of my love for the signorina.

    To Win the Love He Sought E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He said the signorina had said to him that she was partly a Sicilian, and that he had said 'no,' that she was English.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Si, signor—we will vote for the signorina—and you, too, is it not so?

    The Fall of a Nation Thomas Dixon
  • signorina, I have been taken into the boat of Mandano Giuseppe.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • signorina, which you like better, zat yong American or ze Signor Lieutenant?

    Jerry Junior Jean Webster
  • "When I came to the top of the islet the signorina was with that boy," the Marchesino continued.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • It is a great sign of his favour to the signorina that he should have sent her here.

    A Houseful of Girls Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for signorina


/ˌsiːnjɔːˈriːnə; Italian siɲɲoˈrina/
noun (pl) -nas, -ne (Italian) (-ne)
an unmarried Italian woman: a title of address equivalent to Miss when placed before a name or madam or miss when used alone
Word Origin
Italian, diminutive of signora
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