- 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
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Examples from the Web for monseigneur
The fashionable lady beside me was looking expectantly at Monseigneur C——.
Monseigneur C—— delivered his text in a calm voice, glancing quietly over the congregation.
But Angelique started as she thought, where had she ever seen anyone who looked like Monseigneur?
It was at this instant that Monseigneur arrived on the Place du Cloitre.
Hubertine, quite overcome, said in a whisper, "This young man is the son of Monseigneur?"
Taking Angelique's hand, he led her in that way into the great garden of the Monseigneur.
Since the return of his son to him Monseigneur's days had been full of trouble.
- a title given to French bishops, prelates, and princesAbbreviation: Mgr
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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