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[seen-yaw-ree-nuh; Italian see-nyaw-ree-nah] /ˌsin yɔˈri nə; Italian ˌsi nyɔˈri nɑ/
noun, plural signorinas Italian, signorine
[see-nyaw-ree-ne] /ˌsi nyɔˈri nɛ/ (Show IPA)
a conventional Italian term of address or title of respect for a girl or unmarried woman, either used separately or prefixed to the name.
Origin of signorina
1810-20; < Italian; diminutive of signora signora; see -ine1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "signorina, my father is dead," he said, in a changed voice.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • signorina, there's a boat coming in from Naples with Don Emilio in it.

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  • The signorina is not the same, you are not the same, the French Signore is not the same.

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  • If the Signora really knew, could she take such a girl to live with the signorina?

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  • I have been on the terrace and to the signorina in the garden.

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  • "The signorina is not for him," repeated Gaspare, with a dogged emphasis.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • You have spoken, the signorina has spoken, and now it is for me to speak.

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  • He said the signorina had said to him that she was partly a Sicilian, and that he had said 'no,' that she was English.

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  • And when he said that—he said to me—the signorina was quite angry.

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British Dictionary definitions for signorina


/ˌsiːnjɔːˈriːnə; Italian siɲɲoˈrina/
noun (pl) -nas, -ne (Italian) (-ne)
an unmarried Italian woman: a title of address equivalent to Miss when placed before a name or madam or miss when used alone
Word Origin
Italian, diminutive of signora
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