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mademoiselle

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noun ma·de·moi·selle \ˌmad-mwə-ˈzel, ˌma-də-, -mə-ˈzel, sometimes mam-ˈzel\

Simple Definition of mademoiselle

  • —used like Miss as a title for a Frenchwoman who is not married

Full Definition of mademoiselle

plural ma·de·moi·selles play \-ˈzelz\ or mes·de·moi·selles play \ˌmād-mwə-ˈzel, ˌmā-də-, -mə-ˈzel\

  1. 1 :  an unmarried French girl or woman —used as a title equivalent to Miss for an unmarried woman not of English-speaking nationality

  2. 2 :  a French governess

  3. 3 :  silver perch a

Origin of mademoiselle

Middle English madamoiselle, from Middle French, from Old French ma damoisele, literally, my (young) lady


First Known Use: 15th century


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