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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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Examples from the web for signorina
  • His paternal regard for the signorina has feeling and quality.
  • Ah the signorina, she said, she has stopped hiccoughing.
  • But with the signorina it's not the acting-it's the architecture.
  • As for the lovely signorina, she still wears the same drab dress which encases the same voluptuous torso.
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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