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Mon·sieur

 (mə-syœ′)
n. pl. Mes·sieurs (mā-syœ′, mĕs′ərz)
1. Abbr. M Used as a courtesy title before the surname, full name, or professional title of a man in a French-speaking area: Monsieur Cartier; Monsieur Jacques Cartier.
2. monsieur Used as a form of polite address for a man in a French-speaking area.

[French, from Old French : mon, my (from Latin meum, accusative of meus; see me- in Indo-European roots) + sieur, lord, sir (from Vulgar Latin *seiorem, accusative of *seior; see sire).]
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monsieur

(French məsjø; English məsˈjɜː)
n, pl messieurs (French mesjø; English ˈmɛsəz)
a French title of address equivalent to sir when used alone or Mr when placed before a name
[literally: my lord]
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mon•sieur

(məˈsyœ)

n., pl. mes•sieurs (mɛˈsyœ)
the conventional French title of respect and term of address for a man, corresponding to Mr. or sir.
[1490–1500; < French: literally, my lord; see sire]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monsieur - used as a French courtesy titleMonsieur - used as a French courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
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On the platform we found Monsieur de Marquet and his Registrar, who represented the Judicial Court of Corbeil.
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His vengeance, therefore, consisted in coining curses on the head of Mazarin; he even tried to make some verses on him, but soon gave up the attempt, for Monsieur de Beaufort had not only not received from Heaven the gift of versifying, he had the greatest difficulty in expressing himself in prose.
After having failed in poetry, Monsieur de Beaufort tried drawing.
"Monsieur Guillot arrived last night, sir," he announced.
"Monsieur Guillot?" Captain Granet inquired pleasantly.
The fact that the present unusual summons followed so closely on the death of Monsieur de la Billardiere seemed to give special importance to the circumstance, which was made known to Monsieur Saillard, who came at once to confer with Baudoyer.
seven to one,--for I know which side you'll take, Monsieur Phellion.
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A week later on Monsieur Flaubert was announced about eleven in the morning, as D'Arnot and Tarzan were breakfasting.
Towards the middle of the month of May, in the year 1660, at nine o'clock in the morning, when the sun, already high in the heavens, was fast absorbing the dew from the ramparts of the castle of Blois a little cavalcade, composed of three men and two pages, re-entered the city by the bridge, without producing any other effect upon the passengers of the quay beyond a first movement of the hand to the head, as a salute, and a second movement of the tongue to express, in the purest French then spoken in France: "There is Monsieur returning from hunting." And that was all.
"What does monsieur require she asked, peering forward through the gloom with some suspicion.