mademoiselle

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

Definition of mademoiselle

plural mademoiselles play \-ˈzelz\ or mesdemoiselles play \ˌmād-mwə-ˈzel, ˌmā-də-, -mə-ˈzel\
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
3 : silver perch a

Origin and Etymology of mademoiselle

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


MADEMOISELLE Defined for English Language Learners

mademoiselle

Definition of mademoiselle for English Language Learners

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


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