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signora

[sin-yawr-uh, -yohr-uh; Italian see-nyaw-rah] /sɪnˈyɔr ə, -ˈyoʊr ə; Italian siˈnyɔ rɑ/
noun, plural signoras Italian, signore
[see-nyaw-re] /siˈnyɔ rɛ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a conventional Italian term of address or title of respect for a married woman, either used separately or prefixed to the name.
Origin of signora
1630-1640
1630-40; < Italian; feminine of signore signore1
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Historical Examples
  • It reminded him of some signora, whom he had known at Florence.

  • signora, it is for you to say whether we shall go away or stay here.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • If the signora really knew, could she take such a girl to live with the Signorina?

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • He had little doubt of his capacity to out-manoeuvre Emilio and the signora.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • And then my Patrigno came in at the door, and the signora—she went away.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The signora has seen, or she has heard, and she is going in to shore.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • "I will persuade the signora to come back with us," he said.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • If the poor signora had not been mad she could not have looked at me like that—at another, perhaps, but not at me.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Perhaps Emilio was talking now to the signora, was telling her what to do.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • No doubt Emilio had seen the signora that morning in the hotel.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for signora

signora

/siːnˈjɔːrə; Italian siɲˈɲora/
noun (pl) -ras, -re (Italian) (-re)
1.
a married Italian woman: a title of address equivalent to Mrs when placed before a name or madam when used alone
Word Origin
Italian, feminine of signore
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