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or monsignor

[mon-see-nyer; Italian mawn-see-nyawr] /mɒnˈsi nyər; Italian ˌmɔn siˈnyɔr/
noun, plural Monsignors Italian, Monsignori
[mawn-see-nyaw-ree] /ˌmɔn siˈnyɔ ri/ (Show IPA).
Roman Catholic Church.
a title conferred upon certain prelates.
a person bearing this title.
Origin of Monsignor
1635-45; < Italian < French Monseigneur monseigneur; see signor
Related forms
[mon-seen-yawr-ee-uh l, -yohr-] /ˌmɒn sinˈyɔr i əl, -ˈyoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • He sharpened his blade for the coming duel with Anne, whom Monsignor had warned, without doubt.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • "Well, one cannot praise the custom of blood-vengeance," said the Monsignor.

  • No, Monsignor, he has only tendered me his thanks for having accompanied him to Butintro, nothing else.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • They had buried it for spite in the earth, under the episcopal seat of Monsignor.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Evelyn was strangely interested to know what Ulick thought of Monsignor, and she waited eager for him to speak.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
British Dictionary definitions for Monsignor


/mɒnˈsiːnjə; Italian monsiɲˈɲor/
noun (pl) Monsignors, Monsignori (Italian) (monsiɲˈɲoːri)
(RC Church) an ecclesiastical title attached to certain offices or distinctions usually bestowed by the Pope Abbreviation Mgr, Msgr
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, from French Monseigneur
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Word Origin and History for Monsignor



title conferred on some prelates, 1640s, from Italian monsignore "my lord," formed on model of French monseigneur (see monseigneur) from equivalent elements in Italian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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