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a prelate with a rank or title that is usually conferred by the Pope
Not to be confused with:
Monseigneur – a French title of honor or respect given to princes and prelates
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also mon·si·gnor  (mŏn-sēn′yər)
n. Roman Catholic Church
1. A title conferred by the pope on a high-ranking male cleric, such as a protonotary apostolic.
2. A cleric holding such a title.
3. Abbr. Msgr. or Mgr. Used as a form of address prefixed to the name of such a cleric.

[Italian, from French Monseigneur; see Monseigneur.]

Mon′si·gnor′i·al (mŏn′sēn-yôr′ē-əl) adj.
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(mɒnˈsiːnjə; Italian monsiɲˈɲor)
n, pl Monsignors or Monsignori (Italian monsiɲˈɲoːri)
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church an ecclesiastical title attached to certain offices or distinctions usually bestowed by the Pope. Abbreviation: Mgr or Msgr
[C17: from Italian, from French Monseigneur]
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(mɒnˈsi nyər, ˌmɒn siˈnyɔr)

n., pl. mon•si•gnors, mon•si•gno•ri (ˌmɔn siˈnyɔr i)
1. a title conferred upon certain Roman Catholic prelates.
2. a person bearing this title.
[1635–45; < Italian < French Monseigneur monseigneur; see signor]
mon`si•gno′ri•al, adj.
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An Italian word meaning my lord, used as a title for some members of the Roman Catholic clergy.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Monsignor - (Roman Catholic Church) an ecclesiastical title of honor bestowed on some priestsMonsignor - (Roman Catholic Church) an ecclesiastical title of honor bestowed on some priests
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
priest - a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
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[mɒnˈsiːnjəʳ] N (monsignors or monsignori (pl)) → monseñor m
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[mɒnˈsiːnjər] nmonsignore m
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nMonsignore m
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References in classic literature ?
They did so as soon as I told them the story of how once I threatened to spit into Monsignor's coffee."
As I was thus engaged I heard some one enter an adjoining room and ask for Monsignor; after which I saw the sacristan make a low bow to the visitor, and then another bow as the visitor took his leave.
Thereupon I declared that I was a heretic and a barbarian--"Je suis heretique et barbare," I said, "and that these archbishops and cardinals and monsignors, and the rest of them, meant nothing at all to me.
Monsignor Giulio Mazarini economized the traveling expenses of his guards; he consequently used the king's, and that largely, since he took fifty of them for himself -- a peculiarity which would not have failed to strike any one unacquainted with the usages of that court.
There is a fine mediaeval flavor to this story, and as it has not been traced back further than Pere Brateille, a pious but obscure writer at the court of Saint Louis, we shall probably not err on the side of presumption in considering it apocryphal, though Monsignor Capel's judgment of the matter might be different; and to that I bow -- wow.
South Bank born Right Reverend Monsignor Canon Kevin Coughlan, who had retired from active ministry, died earlier this month.
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, 61, a former Vatican finance official who is facing trial for attempting to smuggle E20m ([pounds sterling]17m) into Italy from Switzerland, said his superiors were spoiled by private banks they were doing business with.
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has frozen the assets of a monsignor who was arrested in a 20 million euro ($26 million) money smuggling plot and warned that other people may be caught up in the investigation.
NNA - Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri started today his visit to the Vatican by meeting with the Secretary for Relations with States Monsignor Dominique Mamberti, in the presence of Lebanon's Ambassador to the Vatican Georges Khoury, Premier Hariri's Chief of Staff, Nader Hariri, Advisor Daoud al-Sayegh, and Monsignor Alberto Ortega from the Secretariat of State, a statement by Hariri's press office indicated on Tuesday.
AN ESTIMATED 10,000 people crowded into Ascot racecourse yesterday to see gold medallist Denise Lewis hand the Olympic torch to Frankie Dettori, who completed a couple of circuits of the parade ring on dual Cheltenham Festival winner Monsignor and then capped a fantastic occasion with a trademark flying dismount, torch in hand, writes Graham Dench.
NNA - President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, received at the Baabda Palace Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon, Monsignor Joseph Spitery, and the Charge d'Affaires of the Pontifical Embassy, Monsignor Ivan Santos.
Monsignor Robert McDonald was parish priest of St Mary's Inverness from 1995 until his retirement in 2006.