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 (sēn-yôr′ə, -yō′rä)
n. pl. si·gno·re (sēn-yôr′ā, -yō′rĕ) or si·gno·ras
Used as a courtesy title for an adult woman, especially a married woman, in an Italian-speaking area, equivalent to Mrs. or Ms. See Usage Note at miss2.

[Italian, feminine of signore, signore; see signore.]


(siːnˈjɔːrə; Italian siɲˈɲora)
n, pl -ras or -re (Italian -re)
(Peoples) a married Italian woman: a title of address equivalent to Mrs when placed before a name or madam when used alone
[Italian, feminine of signore]


(sɪnˈyɔr ə, -ˈyoʊr ə; It. siˈnyɔ rɑ)

n., pl. -ras, It. -re (-r e).
an Italian term of address for a married woman, equivalent to Mrs.
[1630–40; < Italian; feminine of signore signore]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.signora - an Italian title of address equivalent to Mrs. when used before a namesignora - an Italian title of address equivalent to Mrs. when used before a name
married woman, wife - a married woman; a man's partner in marriage
2.Signora - an Italian title or form of address for a married 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 ?
The Signora had no business to do it," said Miss Bartlett, "no business at all.
The rooms the Signora promised us in her letter would have looked over the Arno.
Beyond them stood the unreliable Signora, bowing good-evening to her guests, and supported by 'Enery, her little boy, and Victorier, her daughter.
My dear host, and you, signora," said Albert, in Italian, "excuse my apparent stupidity.
Count," said Albert, in a low tone to Monte Cristo, "do allow the signora to tell me something of her history.
Speak, speak, signora," said Albert, "I am listening with the most intense delight and interest to all you say.
shrieked Signora Rosaura, peeking in from the side of the stage.
Oftentimes you may see the signor doctor at work, and perchance the signora, his daughter, too, gathering the strange flowers that grow in the garden.
I know little of the Signora Beatrice save that Rappaccini is said to have instructed her deeply in his science, and that, young and beautiful as fame reports her, she is already qualified to fill a professor's chair.
He saw the Signora Lola Mendoza, as she calls herself, cross the passage in her nightgown.
At length she returned with a lamp; and Archer, having meanwhile put together a phrase out of Dante and Petrarch, evoked the answer: "La signora e fuori; ma verra subito"; which he took to mean: "She's out--but you'll soon see.
I sought my ideal of a woman amongst English ladies, French countesses, Italian signoras, and German grafinnen.