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or monseigneur

[mawn-se-nyœr] /mɔ̃ sɛˈnyœr/
noun, plural Messeigneurs
[mey-se-nyœr] /meɪ sɛˈnyœr/ (Show IPA)
a French title of honor given to princes, bishops, and other persons of eminence.
a person bearing this title.
Origin of Monseigneur
1590-1600; < French: my lord; see seigneur Unabridged
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  • But Angelique started as she thought, where had she ever seen anyone who looked like Monseigneur?

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  • It was at this instant that Monseigneur arrived on the Place du Cloitre.

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  • Hubertine, quite overcome, said in a whisper, "This young man is the son of Monseigneur?"

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  • Taking Angelique's hand, he led her in that way into the great garden of the Monseigneur.

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  • Since the return of his son to him Monseigneur's days had been full of trouble.

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  • Monseigneur shook from trembling as he repeated severely the word, "Never!"

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  • The son of Monseigneur will in the autumn marry Mademoiselle de Voincourt.

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  • Instead of the old clergyman whom they had expected, it was Monseigneur who entered.

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British Dictionary definitions for Monseigneur


noun (pl) Messeigneurs (mesɛɲœr)
a title given to French bishops, prelates, and princes Mgr
Word Origin
literally: my lord
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Word Origin and History for Monseigneur



c.1600, from French monseigneur (12c.), title of honor equivalent to "my lord," from mon "my" (from Latin meum) + seigneur "lord," from Latin seniorem, accusative of senior "older" (see senior (adj.)). Plural messeigneurs.

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