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si·gno·ri·na

 (sēn′yə-rē′nə, -yō-rē′nä)
n. pl. si·gno·ri·ne (-nā, -nĕ) or si·gno·ri·nas
Used as a courtesy title for an unmarried woman or girl in an Italian-speaking area, equivalent to Miss. See Usage Note at miss2.

[Italian, diminutive of signora, signora; see signora.]

signorina

(ˌsiːnjɔːˈriːnə; Italian siɲɲoˈrina)
n, pl -nas or -ne (Italian -ne)
(Peoples) an unmarried Italian woman: a title of address equivalent to Miss when placed before a name or madam or miss when used alone
[Italian, diminutive of signora]

si•gno•ri•na

(ˌsin yɔˈri nə; It. ˌsi nyɔˈri nɑ)

n., pl. -nas, It. -ne (-ne).
a conventional Italian term of address or title of respect for a girl or unmarried woman, either used separately or prefixed to the name.
[1810–20; < Italian, diminutive of signora signora; see -ine3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.signorina - an Italian courtesy title for an unmarried womansignorina - an Italian courtesy title for an unmarried woman; equivalent to `Miss', it is either used alone or before a name
unmarried woman - a woman who is not married
2.Signorina - an Italian title or form of address for an unmarried woman
form of address, title of respect, title - an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'; "the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title"
Italian - the Romance language spoken in Italy
References in classic literature ?
Then the aged stranger, who had not uttered one word since his arrival, arose from his seat and deliberately laid off his outer clothing, looking as angular in his flannels as the late Signorina Festorazzi, an Irish woman, six feet in height, and weighing fifty- six pounds, who used to exhibit herself in her chemise to the people of San Francisco.
I told the signorina it was a grave indiscretion, but when was the signorina ever prudent?
A great man," replied Muscari, "worthy to rank with your own Robin Hood, signorina.