[meys-yurz, mes-erz; French me-syœ]
- plural of monsieur.
[muh s-yur; French muh-syœ]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for messieurs
As I sat there, messieurs, a sight too beautiful greeted my eyes.The Inn at the Red Oak
"The messieurs will find themselves hot to-day," he remarked.
Messieurs were drinking, he noticed, the best wine in the cellars!
"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.
- the plural of monsieur
- a French title of address equivalent to sir when used alone or Mr when placed before a name
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