[mey-duh-muh-zel, meyd-mwuh-zel; French meyd-mwa-zel]
- a plural of mademoiselle.
[mad-uh-muh-zel, mad-mwuh-, mam-zel; French mad-mwa-zel]
- (often initial capital letter) a French title of respect equivalent to “Miss”, used in speaking to or of a girl or unmarried woman: Mademoiselle Lafitte. Abbreviation: Mlle.
- a French governess.
- silver perch(def 1).
Origin of mademoiselle
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Examples from the Web for mesdemoiselles
Mesdemoiselles du Barry were not handsome but very agreeable.Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry
Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
Mesdemoiselles, conceive, if you can, my pride and my disappointment.White Lies
“It seems to me that it would, mesdemoiselles,” observed Monsieur Carimon.Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
Madame Heger and the Mesdemoiselles Heger, and all the governesses were there.The Secret of Charlotte Bront
"Yes, mesdemoiselles; I also was a pupil at that time," was the reply.An American Girl Abroad
- the plural of mademoiselle
- a young unmarried French girl or woman: usually used as a title equivalent to Miss
- a French teacher or governess
C15: French, from ma my + demoiselle damsel
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Word Origin and History for mesdemoiselles
mid-15c., "unmarried Frenchwoman," from French mademoiselle (12c.), from a compound of ma dameisele (see damsel), literally "young mistress."
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