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signora

[sin-yawr-uh, -yohr-uh; Italian see-nyaw-rah]
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noun, plural si·gno·ras, Italian si·gno·re [see-nyaw-re] /siˈnyɔ rɛ/.
  1. a conventional Italian term of address or title of respect for a married woman, either used separately or prefixed to the name.
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Origin of signora

1630–40; < Italian; feminine of signore signore1
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Examples from the Web for signora

Historical Examples

  • It reminded him of some Signora, whom he had known at Florence.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • Signora, it is for you to say whether we shall go away or stay here.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • If the Signora really knew, could she take such a girl to live with the Signorina?

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • And then my Patrigno came in at the door, and the Signora—she went away.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • He had little doubt of his capacity to out-manoeuvre Emilio and the Signora.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens


British Dictionary definitions for signora

signora

noun plural -ras or -re (Italian -re)
  1. a married Italian woman: a title of address equivalent to Mrs when placed before a name or madam when used alone
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Word Origin

Italian, feminine of signore
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