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Monseigneur

or mon·sei·gneur

[mawn-se-nyœr]
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noun, plural Mes·sei·gneurs [mey-se-nyœr] /meɪ sɛˈnyœr/.
  1. a French title of honor given to princes, bishops, and other persons of eminence.
  2. a person bearing this title.
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Origin of Monseigneur

1590–1600; < French: my lord; see seigneur
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  • But Angelique started as she thought, where had she ever seen anyone who looked like Monseigneur?

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

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

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

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

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

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

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

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

    The Dream

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for monseigneur

Monseigneur

noun plural Messeigneurs (mesɛɲœr)
  1. a title given to French bishops, prelates, and princesAbbreviation: Mgr
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Word Origin

literally: my lord
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Word Origin and History for monseigneur

n.

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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