Other definitions for MS (2 of 9)


  1. Mississippi (approved especially for use with zip code).

Other definitions for ms. (3 of 9)


abbreviationplural mss.
  1. manuscript.

Other definitions for m/s (4 of 9)


  1. meter per second; meters per second.

Other definitions for m.s. (5 of 9)


  1. modification of the stem of.

  2. Commerce. months after sight.

Other definitions for Ms. (6 of 9)

[ miz ]

abbreviationplural Mses. [miz-uhz]. /ˈmɪz əz/.
  1. a title of respect prefixed to a woman's name or position: unlike Miss or Mrs., it does not depend upon or indicate her marital status.

  2. a title prefixed to a mock surname that is used to represent possession of a particular attribute, identity, etc., especially in an idealized or excessive way: Ms. Cooperation.

usage note For Ms.

Ms. came into use in the 1950s as a title before a woman's surname when her marital status was unknown or irrelevant. In the early 1970s, the use of Ms. was adopted and encouraged by the women's movement, the reasoning being that since a man's marital status is not revealed by the title Mr., there is no reason that a woman's status should be revealed by her title. Since then Ms. has gained increasing currency, especially in business and professional use. Some women prefer the traditional Miss (still fully standard for a woman whose marital status is unknown and for an unmarried woman) or, when appropriate, Mrs.
Newspaper editors sometimes reject Ms. except in quoted matter. Others use whichever of the three titles a woman prefers if her preference is known. Increasingly, newspapers avoid the use of all three titles by referring to women by their full names in first references ( Sarah Brady; Margaret Bourke-White ) and by surname only, as with men, in subsequent references: Brady, Bourke-White. Since all three titles— Ms., Miss, and Mrs. —remain in use, the preference of the woman being named or addressed or the practice of the organization or publication in which the name is to appear is often followed.

pronunciation note For Ms.

Ms. is pronounced (miz), a pronunciation that is identical with one standard South Midland and Southern U.S. pronunciation of Mrs.

Words that may be confused with Ms.

Other definitions for M/S (7 of 9)


  1. Commerce. months after sight.

Other definitions for MS. (8 of 9)


abbreviationplural MSS.
  1. manuscript.

Other definitions for M.S. (9 of 9)


  1. mail steamer.

  2. Master of Science.

  1. Master in Surgery.

  2. motorship.

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How to use ms in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ms (1 of 4)


the internet domain name for
  1. Montserrat

British Dictionary definitions for Ms (2 of 4)


/ (mɪz, məs) /

  1. a title substituted for Mrs or Miss before a woman's name to avoid making a distinction between married and unmarried women: Compare Miss, Mrs

British Dictionary definitions for MS (3 of 4)


abbreviation for
  1. Master of Surgery

  2. (on gravestones) memoriae sacrum

  1. Mississippi

  2. motor ship

  3. multiple sclerosis

  4. Mauritius (international car registration)

Origin of MS

(sense 2) Latin: sacred to the memory of

British Dictionary definitions for MS. (4 of 4)


abbreviation forplural MSS. mss.
  1. manuscript

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Cultural definitions for Ms.


A title used before a woman's name, pronounced “Miz” and corresponding to Mr. before a man's.

Notes for Ms.

Feminists have urged the use of Ms. because, unlike Miss or Mrs., it does not identify a woman by her marital status. (See feminism.)

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