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[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)
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
1630-40; < Italian; feminine of signore signore1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for signora
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  • And how well was it not known that the signora Alieni was bella, bella donna?

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • “You are almost a match for the signora Contessa,” I answered.

  • And now, signora, will you be kind enough to tell me what you intend to do with me!

    A Roman Singer F. Marion Crawford
  • "We will then begin immediately to enjoy life," the signora replied.

  • "But the signora is my mother," said Natalie, perhaps with a trifle of impatience.

    Sunrise William Black
  • "He only laughs, signora," said Gaspare, rather contemptuously.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Markham was thrown much in the signora's society during his visit at her father's house.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • "I should not smoke another, signora," said the Marchesino, quickly.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • And he smacked the white horse with his hand, and the signora cantered gaily on.

    Quicksilver Sue Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • He wondered how soon the signora would arrange that dinner on the island.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for signora


/siːnˈjɔːrə; Italian siɲˈɲora/
noun (pl) -ras, -re (Italian) (-re)
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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