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a French title of honor or respect given to princes and prelates
Not to be confused with:
Monsignor – a prelate with a rank or title that is usually conferred by the Pope
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n. pl. Mes·sei·gneurs (mā-sĕ-nyœr′) Abbr. Msgr. or Mgr.
Used as an honorific in French-speaking areas, especially as accorded to princes and prelates.
[French, from Old French : mon, my; see Monsieur + seignor, lord, sir; see seignior.]
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n, pl Messeigneurs (mesɛɲœr)
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a title given to French bishops, prelates, and princes. Abbreviation: Mgr
[literally: my lord]
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n., pl. mes•sei•gneurs (meɪ sɛˈnyœr)
1. a French title of honor for princes, bishops, and other eminent persons.
2. a person with this title.
[1590–1600; < French: my lord]
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monseigneur[ˌmɒnsenˈjɜːʳ] N → monseñor m
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