[French mey-se-nyœr]


or mon·sei·gneur

noun, plural Mes·sei·gneurs [mey-se-nyœr] /meɪ sɛˈnyœr/.
  1. a French title of honor given to princes, bishops, and other persons of eminence.
  2. a person bearing this title.

Origin of Monseigneur

1590–1600; < French: my lord; see seigneur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for messeigneurs


  1. the plural of Monseigneur


noun plural Messeigneurs (mesɛɲœr)
  1. a title given to French bishops, prelates, and princesAbbreviation: Mgr

Word Origin for Monseigneur

literally: my lord
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Word Origin and History for messeigneurs



c.1600, from French monseigneur (12c.), title of honor equivalent to "my lord," from mon "my" (from Latin meum) + seigneur "lord," from Latin seniorem, accusative of senior "older" (see senior (adj.)). Plural messeigneurs.

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