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[seyn-yuh-ree-tuh, seen-; Spanish se-nyaw-ree-tah] /ˌseɪn yəˈri tə, ˌsin-; Spanish sɛ nyɔˈri tɑ/
noun, plural señoritas
[seyn-yuh-ree-tuh z, seen-; Spanish se-nyaw-ree-tahs] /ˌseɪn yəˈri təz, ˌsin-; Spanish sɛ nyɔˈri tɑs/ (Show IPA)
a Spanish term of address equivalent to miss, used alone or capitalized and prefixed to the name of a girl or unmarried woman.
Abbreviation: Srta.
a cigar-shaped wrasse, Oxyjulis californica, found off the coast of California, olive brown above shading to creamy white below.
Origin of señorita
1815-25, Americanism; < Spanish, diminutive of señora Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for senorita
Historical Examples
  • I am; and you, senorita, are the lady who wrote me the note that I received this morning?

    An Old Sailor's Yarns Nathaniel Ames
  • “Buenos noches, senorita,” he said politely, taking it from her.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • I don't think the senorita could have left it in this house at all.

  • Use the words glorious and successful when you speak to the senorita.

  • The senorita had been most anxious all day—ever since she had heard the friar had come.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Did not his worship think that it was the senorita's heart which was not at ease?

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • The stone on which the senorita had been sitting was supposed to have been the throne of their chief.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • (Down c., sarcastically to Dolores) A pretty speech, senorita!

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • So—and are the senorita's eyes so sharp that she can tell the day and the hour?

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • And yesterday, senorita Rosario was putting the room you are to have in order.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
British Dictionary definitions for senorita


/ˌsɛnjɔːˈriːtə; Spanish seɲoˈrita/
noun (pl) -tas (-təz; Spanish) (-tas)
an unmarried Spanish or Spanish-speaking woman: a title of address equivalent to Miss when placed before a name or madam or miss when used alone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for senorita

"a young Spanish lady," 1823, from Spanish señorita, Spanish title corresponding to English "Miss," diminutive of señora (see senora). The Portuguese equivalent is senhorita.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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