mesdemoiselles

[mey-duh-muh-zel, meyd-mwuh-zel; French meyd-mwa-zel]
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noun

a plural of mademoiselle.

mademoiselle

[mad-uh-muh-zel, mad-mwuh-, mam-zel; French mad-mwa-zel]

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.

Origin of mademoiselle

1635–45; < French; Old French ma damoisele my noble young lady; see madame, damsel
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Related Words for mesdemoiselles

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

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British Dictionary definitions for mesdemoiselles

mesdemoiselles

noun

the plural of mademoiselle

mademoiselle

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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Word Origin and History for mesdemoiselles

mademoiselle

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

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