or mon·sei·gneur


noun, plural Mes·sei·gneurs [mey-se-nyœr] /meɪ sɛˈnyœr/.

a French title of honor given to princes, bishops, and other persons of eminence.
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for monseigneur

Contemporary Examples of monseigneur

Historical Examples of monseigneur

  • "The mitre weighs too much for your head, monseigneur," retorted the Jesuit.

  • Monseigneur, I can give only, even to your highness, public reasons.

  • I was obliged, in obedience to strict duty, to submit the work to Monseigneur, and to beg his Grace's approval.


    Anatole France

  • And now only Monferrand and Monseigneur Martha were left, talking on and on in the deserted building.

  • "It is time, Monseigneur," said Joseph, who often trembled involuntarily as he spoke.

    Cinq Mars, Complete

    Alfred de Vigny

British Dictionary definitions for monseigneur


noun plural Messeigneurs (mesɛɲœr)

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 monseigneur

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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