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messieurs

[meys-yurz, mes-erz; French me-syœ] /meɪsˈyɜrz, ˈmɛs ərz; French mɛˈsyœ/
noun
1.
plural of monsieur.

monsieur

[muh s-yur; French muh-syœ] /məsˈyɜr; French məˈsyœ/
noun, plural messieurs
[meys-yurz, mes-erz; French me-syœ] /meɪsˈyɜrz, ˈmɛs ərz; French mɛˈsyœ/ (Show IPA)
1.
the conventional French title of respect and term of address for a man, corresponding to Mr. or sir.
Origin of monsieur
1490-1500
1490-1500; < French: literally, my lord (orig. applied only to men of high station); see sire
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  • As I sat there, messieurs, a sight too beautiful greeted my eyes.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • "The messieurs will find themselves hot to-day," he remarked.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • messieurs were drinking, he noticed, the best wine in the cellars!

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "But I cannot, messieurs," the woman was saying, when the second voice interrupted her.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • "Come in, messieurs," he bade them, assuming the role of host.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • True, all true, mesdames and messieurs—I have been your fellow-traveller myself.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • I have a little theory which you messieurs who go out there must help me to prove.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • Now, messieurs, if you will tell me what you want, I will buy the things for you.

  • "Good-by, messieurs," I said politely as the three hastened to leap ashore.

  • "Good-morning, messieurs," and she made a sweeping courtesy.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
British Dictionary definitions for messieurs

messieurs

/ˈmɛsəz; French mesjø/
noun
1.
the plural of monsieur

monsieur

/French məsjø; English məsˈjɜː/
noun (pl) messieurs (French) (mesjø; English) (ˈmɛsəz)
1.
a French title of address equivalent to sir when used alone or Mr when placed before a name
Word Origin
literally: my lord
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Word Origin and History for messieurs

monsieur

n.

1510s, from French monsieur, from mon sieur "my lord," from sieur "lord," shortened form of seigneur (see monseigneur) It was the historical title for the second son or next younger brother of the king of France.

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