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Monsignor

or mon·si·gnor

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

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Origin of Monsignor

1635–45; <Italian <French Monseigneur Monseigneur; see signor
mon·si·gno·ri·al [mon-seen-yawr-ee-uhl, -yohr-], /ˌmɒn sinˈyɔr i əl, -ˈyoʊr-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Monsignor

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
C17: from Italian, from French Monseigneur
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