noun mon·si·gnor \män-ˈsē-nyər, mən-\

: a Roman Catholic priest of high rank

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

Full Definition of MONSIGNOR

:  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 \ˌmän-ˌsēn-ˈyr-ē-əl\ adjective


Italian monsignore, from French monseigneur
First Known Use: 1607


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