Mrs.

noun

ˈmi-səz How to pronounce Mrs. (audio)
-səs,
 especially Southern  ˈmi-zəz,
-zəs,
 or in rapid speech in sense 1  (ˌ)miz,
 or before given names  (ˌ)mis
variants US Mrs. or British Mrs
plural Mesdames mā-ˈdäm How to pronounce Mrs. (audio)
-ˈdam
1
a
used as a conventional title of courtesy except when usage requires the substitution of a title of rank or an honorific or professional title before a married woman's surname
spoke to Mrs. Doe
b
used before the name of a place (such as a country or city) or of a profession or activity (such as a sport) or before some epithet (such as clever) to form a title applied to a married woman viewed or recognized as representative of the thing indicated
Mrs. Golf
2
: wife
left with the Mrs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the plural of Mr.?

The plural of Mr. is Messrs. There is a reason for this seemingly incongruous change: were one to simply add an s to the end of Mr. it would be indistinguishable from the honorific for a married woman, and so the plural is made by shortening the plural form of the French word for Misters (Messieurs).

What is the plural of Mrs.?

The plural of Mrs. is Mmes., a shortening of the French plural Mesdames. English borrowed the French plural for this honorific after adopting Messrs. for the plural of Mr.. This was done because it would have been difficult to otherwise distinguish Mr. from Mrs. had we formed the plural by simply adding an s to it.

How do you pluralize Ms. and Miss?

Miss (an unmarried woman or girl) is pluralized as Misses. Ms. (a woman for whom the marital status is either unknown or irrelevant) may be pluralized as either Mss. or Mses.

Examples of Mrs. in a Sentence

“How nice to see you! How's the Mrs.?” inquired the charming older gentleman
Recent Examples on the Web Subsequently, Sondheim often anointed or approved the actors playing Mrs. Lovett. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 Weiner’s other book adaptations include In Her Shoes, which became a movie starring Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine; and Mrs. Everything, currently in development with Sister Pictures, with Weiner also executive producing. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2024 Check out the amazing photos from Mr. and Mrs. Jones’ luxurious and exclusive wedding in this week’s Bridal Bliss. Essence, 4 Apr. 2024 Melissa Manchester, a game trouper, brings her flamboyant Bronx pedigree to the role of Mrs. Brice. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 The actor also joined his Seinfeld costars on Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2001 and 2009 and played recurring roles on Young Sheldon and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Dustin Nelson, EW.com, 4 Apr. 2024 In the movie, the same relationship with the matron exists, but unlike the book where she was replaced by Mrs. Fridge when Nica was 12, Margaret was still the matron when Nica and Rigel were adopted. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2024 Parsons has landed the role of the Stage Manager, while Deutch will play Emily Webb and Holmes will portray Mrs. Webb. USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 People still argue about how Mrs. Howell had all those gowns. Marla Jo Fisher, Orange County Register, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Mrs. abbreviation of mistress; Mesdames from French, plural of Madame

First Known Use

circa 1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mrs. was circa 1574

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Cite this Entry

“Mrs..” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mrs.. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

Mrs.

noun
ˌmis-əz How to pronounce Mrs. (audio)
-əs,
 especially Southern  ˌmiz-əz,
-əs,
 or  (ˌ)miz
plural Mesdames mā-ˈdäm How to pronounce Mrs. (audio)
-ˈdam
1
used as a title before a married woman's last name
2
used to form a title for a woman who represents the thing indicated
Mrs. Clever
Mrs. Golf
Etymology

an abbreviation of mistress

Medical Definition

MRS

abbreviation
magnetic resonance spectroscopy
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