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MSS.

or MSS, Mss, mss.

  1. manuscripts.
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ms.

plural mss.
  1. manuscript.
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MS.

plural MSS.
  1. manuscript.
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British Dictionary definitions for mss.

MS.

ms.

abbreviation for plural MSS. mss.
  1. manuscript
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Word Origin and History for mss.

Ms.

(plural Mses.), 1949, considered a blend of Miss and Mrs.

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MS.

abbreviation of Latin manu scriptum (see manuscript); the plural is MSS, after the custom in Modern Latin.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mss. in Culture

Ms.

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

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Note

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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