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Fräulein

[froi-lahyn; English froi-lahyn or, often, fraw-, frou-]
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noun, plural Fräu·lein. English Fräu·leins. German.
  1. an unmarried woman.
  2. the conventional German title of respect and term of address for an unmarried woman, corresponding to Miss.
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Examples from the Web for fraulein

Historical Examples

  • "The music has evidently moved her deeply," said Fraulein Mosebach.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • "Most certainly her love has died," asserted Fraulein Mosebach.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • She and the fraulein shared a bedroom, and many were the arguments they had together.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • "Thou art not dignified enough for a teacher," said the fraulein, laughingly.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • "The fraulein is to come often," says Freilgrath, lapsing into his native idiom.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor</p>

    Amanda Minnie Douglas


British Dictionary definitions for fraulein

Fräulein

noun plural -lein or English -leins
  1. an unmarried German woman: formerly used as a title equivalent to MissAbbreviation: Frl

Word Origin

from Middle High German vrouwelīn, diminutive of vrouwe lady
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fraulein

n.

German Fräulein "unmarried woman" (Middle High German vrouwelin), diminutive of Frau "lady" (see frau).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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