[mad-uh-muh-zel, mad-mwuh-, mam-zel; French mad-mwa-zel]
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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/.
  1. (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.
  2. a French governess.
  3. silver perch(def 1).

Origin of mademoiselle

1635–45; < French; Old French ma damoisele my noble young lady; see madame, damsel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for mademoiselle

daughter, adolescent, teenager, lady, she, schoolgirl, damsel, mademoiselle, Ms, lassie

Examples from the Web for mademoiselle

Contemporary Examples of mademoiselle

Historical Examples of mademoiselle

  • The son of Monseigneur will in the autumn marry Mademoiselle de Voincourt.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • "Mademoiselle, I see, does not approve of such bourgeois diversions," said he.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • First, Mademoiselle, I must decide whether I choose to be paid.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • "Mademoiselle Gilder made a bargain with me yesterday," he said.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • But without doubt Madame, Mademoiselle's friend had forgotten the hour.

British Dictionary definitions for mademoiselle


noun plural mesdemoiselles (ˌmeɪdmwəˈzɛl, French medmwazɛl)
  1. a young unmarried French girl or woman: usually used as a title equivalent to Miss
  2. a French teacher or governess

Word Origin for mademoiselle

C15: French, from ma my + demoiselle damsel
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Word Origin and History for mademoiselle

mid-15c., "unmarried Frenchwoman," from French mademoiselle (12c.), from a compound of ma dameisele (see damsel), literally "young mistress."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper