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mesdemoiselles

[mey-duh-muh-zel, meyd-mwuh-zel; French meyd-mwa-zel]
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noun
  1. a plural of mademoiselle.

mademoiselle

[mad-uh-muh-zel, mad-mwuh-, mam-zel; French mad-mwa-zel]
noun, plural mad·e·moi·selles [mad-uh-muh-zelz, mad-mwuh-, mam-zelz] /ˌmæd ə məˈzɛlz, ˌmæd mwə-, mæmˈzɛlz/, mes·de·moi·selles [mey-duh-muh-zel, meyd-mwuh-zel; French meyd-mwa-zel] /ˌmeɪ də məˈzɛl, ˌmeɪd mwəˈzɛl; French meɪd mwaˈzɛl/.
  1. (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.
  2. a French governess.
  3. silver perch(def 1).

Origin of mademoiselle

1635–45; < French; Old French ma damoisele my noble young lady; see madame, damsel
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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Charles Reade

  • “It seems to me that it would, mesdemoiselles,” observed Monsieur Carimon.

  • Madame Heger and the Mesdemoiselles Heger, and all the governesses were there.

  • "Yes, mesdemoiselles; I also was a pupil at that time," was the reply.


British Dictionary definitions for mesdemoiselles

mesdemoiselles

noun
  1. the plural of mademoiselle

mademoiselle

noun plural mesdemoiselles (ˌmeɪdmwəˈzɛl, French medmwazɛl)
  1. a young unmarried French girl or woman: usually used as a title equivalent to Miss
  2. a French teacher or governess

Word Origin

C15: French, from ma my + demoiselle damsel
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Word Origin and History for mesdemoiselles

mademoiselle

mid-15c., "unmarried Frenchwoman," from French mademoiselle (12c.), from a compound of ma dameisele (see damsel), literally "young mistress."

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