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[froi-lahyn; English froi-lahyn or, often, fraw-, frou-] /ˈfrɔɪ laɪn; English ˈfrɔɪ laɪn or, often, ˈfrɔ-, ˈfraʊ-/
noun, plural Fräulein. English, Fräuleins. German.
an unmarried woman.
the conventional German title of respect and term of address for an unmarried woman, corresponding to Miss. Unabridged
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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

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • “I must say good-bye to fraulein Hélène and her mamma,” she said sadly, going to the door.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • But it was not of love that Humbert and the fraulein talked.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It was then that the fraulein, making an excuse, slipped out of the room.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The fraulein led the way across the campus to the edge of the river.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • You may take the fraulein with you—and the school purse, too, Miss Burkham.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
British Dictionary definitions for fraulein


/German ˈfrɔylain; English ˈfrɔːlaɪn; ˈfraʊ-/
noun (pl) -lein, (English) -leins
an unmarried German woman: formerly used as a title equivalent to Miss Frl
Word Origin
from Middle High German vrouwelīn, diminutive of vrouwe lady
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Word Origin and History for fraulein

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

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