Monsignor

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

Related formsmon·si·gno·ri·al [mon-seen-yawr-ee-uh l, -yohr-] /ˌmɒn sinˈyɔr i əl, -ˈyoʊr-/, adjective

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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

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Word Origin and History for monsignor

monsignor

n.

title conferred on some prelates, 1640s, from Italian monsignore "my lord," formed on model of French monseigneur (see monseigneur) from equivalent elements in Italian.

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