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[mey-duh-muh-zel, meyd-mwuh-zel; French meyd-mwa-zel] /ˌmeɪ də məˈzɛl, ˌmeɪd mwəˈzɛl; French meɪd mwaˈzɛl/
a plural of mademoiselle.


[mad-uh-muh-zel, mad-mwuh-, mam-zel; French mad-mwa-zel] /ˌmæd ə məˈzɛl, ˌmæd mwə-, mæmˈzɛl; French mad mwaˈzɛl/
noun, plural mademoiselles
[mad-uh-muh-zelz, mad-mwuh-, mam-zelz] /ˌmæd ə məˈzɛlz, ˌmæd mwə-, mæmˈzɛlz/ (Show IPA),
[mey-duh-muh-zel, meyd-mwuh-zel; French meyd-mwa-zel] /ˌmeɪ də məˈzɛl, ˌmeɪd mwəˈzɛl; French meɪd mwaˈzɛl/ (Show IPA)
(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
1635-45; < French; Old French ma damoisele my noble young lady; see madame, damsel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for mesdemoiselles
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  • She was told that she was on the parade with the mesdemoiselles Schwamberg, where the carriage was to take them up.

    Moral Tales Madame Guizot
  • mesdemoiselles, conceive, if you can, my pride and my disappointment.

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

    An American Girl Abroad Adeline Trafton
  • mesdemoiselles du Barry were not handsome but very agreeable.

    Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
  • It is we, mesdemoiselles, we who are accustomed to it; we other French wives.

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

    Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "Leave the room, mesdemoiselles," cried Madame Denis, rising and making her daughters rise also.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • The medical watchdogs and mesdemoiselles the ambulance-drivers saw to that.

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

    The Secret of Charlotte Bront Frederika Macdonald
  • mesdemoiselles, did I not implore you for the love of God to respect the secrecy?

British Dictionary definitions for mesdemoiselles


/ˌmeɪdmwəˈzɛl; French medmwazɛl/
the plural of mademoiselle


/ˌmædmwəˈzɛl; French madmwazɛl/
noun (pl) mesdemoiselles (ˌmeɪdmwəˈzɛl; French) (medmwazɛl)
a young unmarried French girl or woman: usually used as a title equivalent to Miss
a French teacher or governess
Word Origin
C15: French, from ma my + demoiselledamsel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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