or mon·si·gnor

[ mon-see-nyer; Italian mawn-see-nyawr ]
/ mɒnˈsi nyər; Italian ˌmɔn siˈnyɔr /

noun, plural Mon·si·gnors, Italian Mon·si·gno·ri [mawn-see-nyaw-ree] /ˌmɔn siˈnyɔ ri/. Roman Catholic Church.

a title conferred upon certain prelates.
a person bearing this title.

Origin of Monsignor

1635–45; < Italian < French Monseigneur monseigneur; see signor


mon·si·gno·ri·al [mon-seen-yawr-ee-uh l, -yohr-] /ˌmɒn sinˈyɔr i əl, -ˈyoʊr-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for monsignor

British Dictionary definitions for monsignor

/ (mɒnˈsiːnjə, Italian monsiɲˈɲor) /

noun plural Monsignors or Monsignori (Italian monsiɲˈɲoːri)

RC Church an ecclesiastical title attached to certain offices or distinctions usually bestowed by the PopeAbbreviation: Mgr, Msgr

Word Origin for Monsignor

C17: from Italian, from French Monseigneur
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