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 (măd′ə-mə-zĕl′, măd-mwä-zĕl′)
n. pl. Mad·e·moi·selles (-zĕlz) or Mes·de·moi·selles (mād′mwä-zĕl′) Abbr. Mlle
1. Used as a courtesy title before the surname or full name of a girl or an unmarried woman in a French-speaking area: Mademoiselle Turot; Mademoiselle Isabelle Turot. See Usage Note at miss2.
2. mademoiselle Used as a form of polite address for a girl or young woman in a French-speaking area.
3. mademoiselle pl. mademoiselles A French governess.

[French, from Old French ma demoiselle : ma, my; see Madame + demoiselle, young lady (from damisele, from Vulgar Latin *dominicella, diminutive of Latin domina, lady; see Madame).]


(ˌmædmwəˈzɛl; French madmwazɛl)
n, pl mesdemoiselles (ˌmeɪdmwəˈzɛl; French medmwazɛl)
1. a young unmarried French girl or woman: usually used as a title equivalent to Miss
2. a French teacher or governess
[C15: French, from ma my + demoiselle damsel]


(ˌmæd ə məˈzɛl, ˌmæd mwə-, mæmˈzɛl)

n., pl. mademoiselles,
mes•de•moi•selles (ˌmeɪ də məˈzɛl, -ˈzɛlz, ˌmeɪd mwə-)
1. (often cap.) a French title equivalent to Miss. Abbr.: Mlle.
2. a French governess.
[1635–45; < French; Old French ma damoisele my noble young lady; see madame, damsel]


A French word meaning my damsel, used to mean a young unmarried woman.
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asked Mademoiselle Reisz one morning as she came creeping up behind Edna, who had just left her cottage on her way to the beach.
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In the meantime Mademoiselle de Montalais had taken the letter, folded it carefully, as women do, in three folds, and slipped it into her bosom.
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I don't know what Mademoiselle Hortense may want or mean, unless she is mad," says the lawyer.
I mean, mademoiselle, that wherever I may happen to be, no one else ought to be the master.
On that night, while the master was working in his laboratory, an attempt was made to assassinate Mademoiselle Stangerson, who was sleeping in a chamber adjoining this laboratory.
All of a sudden Mademoiselle Amelie Thirion, the leader of the aristocrats, began to speak in a low voice, and very earnestly, to her neighbor.
Before dinner, Princess Mary and Mademoiselle Bourienne, who knew that the prince was in a bad humor, stood awaiting him; Mademoiselle Bourienne with a radiant face that said: "I know nothing, I am the same as usual," and Princess Mary pale, frightened, and with downcast eyes.
But the poor old man's spirit was a trifle more threadbare; it seemed to have received some hard rubs during the summer Newman inquired with interest about Mademoiselle Noemie; and M.
Seventy-five dollars, Mademoiselle Hennequin, would be a high price for such a thing, even in Paris, I fancy.