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señora

[seyn-yawr-uh, -yohr-uh, seen-; Spanish se-nyaw-rah] /seɪnˈyɔr ə, -ˈyoʊr ə, sin-; Spanish sɛˈnyɔ rɑ/
noun, plural señoras
[seyn-yawr-uh z, -yohr-, seen-; Spanish se-nyaw-rahs] /seɪnˈyɔr əz, -ˈyoʊr-, sin-; Spanish sɛˈnyɔ rɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a Spanish term of address equivalent to Mrs., used alone or capitalized and prefixed to the name of a married or older woman.
Abbreviation: Sra.
Origin of señora
1570-1580
1570-80; < Spanish, feminine of señor
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Historical Examples
  • "The soldiers, senora," Gaspar Ruiz had answered, in a faint voice.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • "Their revolutions, their revolutions," gasped senora Teresa.

  • The senora had given into her charge the girls belonging to that Italian posadero.

  • "I was only going to inform the senora," said the man with a shrug and a forced smile.

  • "I am a friend of the senora's, and I love her as I do the apple of my eye," said Caballuco.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • "Come, it is not so serious as all that, senora," said the Penitentiary.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • "Mine is immense," said senora de Polentinos, in the midst of her sobs.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • What a head, senora Dona Perfecta, what a head your young nephew has!

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • Indeed, some of the junta who do not frequent the house of the senora have remarked it.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • I fear that the hold of senora Mendez is somehow or other concerned with it all.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
British Dictionary definitions for senora

señora

/sɛˈnjɔːrə; Spanish seˈɲora/
noun (pl) -ras (-rəz; Spanish) (-ras)
1.
a married Spanish or Spanish-speaking woman: a title of address equivalent to Mrs when placed before a name or madam when used alone
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Word Origin and History for senora

1570s, from Spanish señora "a lady; madam," fem. of señor (see senor). The Portuguese equivalent is senhora.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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