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mademoiselle

[ mad-uh-muh-zel, mad-mwuh-, mam-zel; French mad-mwa-zel ]
/ ˌmæd ə məˈzɛl, ˌmæd mwə-, mæmˈzɛl; French mad mwaˈzɛl /
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noun, plural mad·e·moi·selles [mad-uh-muh-zelz, mad-mwuh-, mam-zelz], /ˌmæd ə məˈzɛlz, ˌmæd mwə-, mæmˈzɛlz/, mes·de·moi·selles [mey-duh-muh-zel, meyd-mwuh-zel; French meyd-mwa-zel]. /ˌmeɪ də məˈzɛl, ˌmeɪd mwəˈzɛl; French meɪd mwaˈzɛl/.

(often initial capital letter) a French title of respect equivalent to “Miss”, used in speaking to or of a girl or unmarried woman: Mademoiselle Lafitte.Abbreviation: Mlle.
a French governess.

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Origin of mademoiselle

1635–45; <French; Old French ma damoisele my noble young lady; see madame, damsel
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British Dictionary definitions for mademoiselle

mademoiselle
/ (ˌmædmwəˈzɛl, French madmwazɛl) /

noun plural mesdemoiselles (ˌmeɪdmwəˈzɛl, French medmwazɛl)

a young unmarried French girl or woman: usually used as a title equivalent to Miss
a French teacher or governess

Word Origin for mademoiselle

C15: French, from ma my + demoiselle damsel
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