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señorita

[seyn-yuh-ree-tuh, seen-; Spanish se-nyaw-ree-tah]
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noun, plural se·ño·ri·tas [seyn-yuh-ree-tuh z, seen-; Spanish se-nyaw-ree-tahs] /ˌseɪn yəˈri təz, ˌsin-; Spanish sɛ nyɔˈri tɑs/.
  1. a Spanish term of address equivalent to miss, used alone or capitalized and prefixed to the name of a girl or unmarried woman. Abbreviation: Srta.
  2. a cigar-shaped wrasse, Oxyjulis californica, found off the coast of California, olive brown above shading to creamy white below.
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Origin of señorita

1815–25, Americanism; < Spanish, diminutive of señora
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Examples from the Web for senorita

Historical Examples

  • I am; and you, senorita, are the lady who wrote me the note that I received this morning?

    An Old Sailor's Yarns

    Nathaniel Ames

  • “Buenos noches, senorita,” he said politely, taking it from her.

    Within the Tides

    Joseph Conrad

  • I don't think the senorita could have left it in this house at all.

  • Use the words glorious and successful when you speak to the senorita.

  • The senorita had been most anxious all day—ever since she had heard the friar had come.

    Romance

    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer


British Dictionary definitions for senorita

señorita

noun plural -tas (-təz, Spanish -tas)
  1. an unmarried Spanish or Spanish-speaking woman: a title of address equivalent to Miss when placed before a name or madam or miss when used alone
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Word Origin and History for senorita

n.

"a young Spanish lady," 1823, from Spanish señorita, Spanish title corresponding to English "Miss," diminutive of señora (see senora). The Portuguese equivalent is senhorita.

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