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also mon·si·gnor  (mŏn-sēn′yər)
n. Roman Catholic Church
1. A title conferred by the pope on a high-ranking male cleric, such as a protonotary apostolic.
2. A cleric holding such a title.
3. Abbr. Msgr. or Mgr. Used as a form of address prefixed to the name of such a cleric.

[Italian, from French Monseigneur; see Monseigneur.]

Mon′si·gnor′i·al (mŏn′sēn-yôr′ē-əl) adj.


(mɒnˈsiːnjə; Italian monsiɲˈɲor)
n, pl Monsignors or Monsignori (Italian monsiɲˈɲoːri)
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church an ecclesiastical title attached to certain offices or distinctions usually bestowed by the Pope. Abbreviation: Mgr or Msgr
[C17: from Italian, from French Monseigneur]


(mɒnˈsi nyər, ˌmɒn siˈnyɔr)

n., pl. mon•si•gnors, mon•si•gno•ri (ˌmɔn siˈnyɔr i)
1. a title conferred upon certain Roman Catholic prelates.
2. a person bearing this title.
[1635–45; < Italian < French Monseigneur monseigneur; see signor]
mon`si•gno′ri•al, adj.


An Italian word meaning my lord, used as a title for some members of the Roman Catholic clergy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Monsignor - (Roman Catholic Church) an ecclesiastical title of honor bestowed on some priestsMonsignor - (Roman Catholic Church) an ecclesiastical title of honor bestowed on some priests
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
priest - a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders


[mɒnˈsiːnjəʳ] N (monsignors or monsignori (pl)) → monseñor m


[mɒnˈsiːnjər] nmonsignore m


nMonsignore m
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