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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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(mɔ̃ sɛˈnyœr)

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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[ˌmɒnsenˈjɜːʳ] Nmonseñor m
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References in classic literature ?
Monseigneur, one of the great lords in power at the Court, held his fortnightly reception in his grand hotel in Paris.
It took four men, all four ablaze with gorgeous decoration, and the Chief of them unable to exist with fewer than two gold watches in his pocket, emulative of the noble and chaste fashion set by Monseigneur, to conduct the happy chocolate to Monseigneur's lips.
Monseigneur had been out at a little supper last night, where the Comedy and the Grand Opera were charmingly represented.
"So I have been told already, monseigneur," cried Bonacieux, giving his interrogator the title he had heard the officer give him, "but I swear to you that I know nothing about it."
"Indeed, monseigneur," responded the mercer, "I have heard her pronounce all those names."
"Yes, monseigneur, but I told her she was wrong to talk about such things; and that his Eminence was incapable--"
He himself lighted a lantern, summoned a turnkey, and said, returning to Aramis, "I am at your orders, monseigneur." Aramis merely nodded his head, as much as to say, "Very good"; and signed to him with his hand to lead the way.
"Oh, monseigneur! you drive me to despair," said he, striking the armchair with his fist.
but after monseigneur has breakfasted will do; there is plenty of time."
Monseigneur -- The king is about to set out for the frontiers.
"Oh, Monseigneur, he says a thing which would be very fortunate if it should turn out true!"
"Monseigneur, it seems that Mynheer Cornelius has really escaped," said the officer.