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messieurs

[meys-yurz, mes-erz; French me-syœ]
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noun
  1. plural of monsieur.
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monsieur

[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.
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Origin of monsieur

1490–1500; < French: literally, my lord (orig. applied only to men of high station); see sire
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Examples from the Web for messieurs

Historical Examples

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

    The Inn at the Red Oak

    Latta Griswold

  • "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

messieurs

noun
  1. the plural of monsieur
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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
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Word Origin

literally: my lord
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Word Origin and History for messieurs

monsieur

n.

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.

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