[meys-yurz, mes-erz; French me-syœ]


[muh s-yur; French muh-syœ]
noun, plural mes·sieurs [meys-yurz, mes-erz; French me-syœ] /meɪsˈyɜrz, ˈmɛs ərz; French mɛˈsyœ/.
  1. the conventional French title of respect and term of address for a man, corresponding to Mr. or sir.

Origin of monsieur

1490–1500; < French: literally, my lord (orig. applied only to men of high station); see sire Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for messieurs

sir, man, Esquire, monsieur, signor, king, title, knight, master, lord

Examples from the Web for messieurs

Historical Examples of messieurs

  • As I sat there, messieurs, a sight too beautiful greeted my eyes.

  • "The messieurs will find themselves hot to-day," he remarked.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Messieurs were drinking, he noticed, the best wine in the cellars!

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • "But I cannot, Messieurs," the woman was saying, when the second voice interrupted her.

  • "Come in, Messieurs," he bade them, assuming the role of host.

British Dictionary definitions for messieurs


  1. the plural of monsieur


noun plural messieurs (French mesjø, English ˈmɛsəz)
  1. a French title of address equivalent to sir when used alone or Mr when placed before a name

Word Origin for monsieur

literally: my lord
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Word Origin and History for messieurs



1510s, from French monsieur, from mon sieur "my lord," from sieur "lord," shortened form of seigneur (see monseigneur) It was the historical title for the second son or next younger brother of the king of France.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper