mademoiselle

noun
ma·​de·​moi·​selle | \ ˌmad-mwə-ˈzel How to pronounce mademoiselle (audio) , ˌma-də-, -mə-ˈzel, sometimes mam-ˈzel \
plural mademoiselles\ ˌmad-​mwə-​ˈzelz How to pronounce mademoiselle (audio) , ˌma-​də-​ , -​mə-​ˈzelz \ or mesdemoiselles\ ˌmād-​mwə-​ˈzel How to pronounce mademoiselle (audio) , ˌmā-​də-​ , -​mə-​ˈzel \

Definition of mademoiselle

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

First Known Use of mademoiselle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mademoiselle

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

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“Mademoiselle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mademoiselle. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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mademoiselle

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English Language Learners Definition of mademoiselle

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

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