[muh s-yur; French muh-syœ]

noun, plural mes·sieurs [meys-yurz, mes-erz; French me-syœ] /meɪsˈyɜrz, ˈmɛs ərz; French mɛˈsyœ/.

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

Examples from the Web for monsieur

Contemporary Examples of monsieur

Historical Examples of monsieur

  • At last she thought she might speak, wishing simply to say: "Thank you, Monsieur."

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Ah, Monsieur, there was never anything equal to that in the whole world.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • With only whiskers nobody could take Monsieur for anything but an Englishman.

  • Monsieur, you are aware that the Germans are going to-morrow morning?

  • If Monsieur the Director of the Circus comes now he will go in the special car.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

British Dictionary definitions for monsieur


noun plural messieurs (French mesjø, English ˈmɛsəz)

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for monsieur

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