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monsignor

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noun mon·si·gnor \män-ˈsē-nyər, mən-\

Simple Definition of monsignor

  • : a Roman Catholic priest of high rank

Full Definition of monsignor

plural monsignors or mon·si·gno·ri play \ˌmän-ˌsēn-ˈyȯr-ē\

  1. :  a Roman Catholic prelate having a dignity or titular distinction (as of domestic prelate or protonotary apostolic) usually conferred by the pope —used as a title prefixed to the surname or to the given name and surname

mon·si·gno·ri·al play \ˌmän-ˌsēn-ˈyȯr-ē-əl\ adjective

Origin of monsignor

Italian monsignore, from French monseigneur


First Known Use: 1607


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