mis·​sus | \ ˈmi-səz How to pronounce missus (audio) , -səs, especially Southern -zəz \
variants: or missis

Definition of missus

1 informal + old-fashioned : wife … everybody knew Mr. Levov and everybody asked after the missus and the boys.— Philip Roth
2 British, informal used to address a woman whose name is not known
3 dialect : mistress sense 1a

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Recent Examples on the Web The missus, Ciara Wilson herself, on that main stage during the historical Essence Festival... oregonlive, "Seattle mayor to New Orleans’ mayor: ‘Keep your eyes off’ Russell Wilson," 1 Mar. 2021 Eventually, the movie descends into the thorny question of what really happened to Maxim's first missus, her relationship to the oily Jack Favell (Sam Riley), and the new bride's determination to stand by her man, no matter the consequences. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Rebecca' offers a pretty but uninspired remake of the Hitchcock classic," 21 Oct. 2020 Much of the story is set in a Tuscan convent, where a manservant (Dave Franco) is on the run from a vengeful lord (Nick Offerman) and the lord's bored wife (Lauren Weedman) after the servant's dalliances with the missus come to light. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'The Little Hours' review: 14th century sex comedy finds nuns on the run, in pursuit of a Franco," 12 July 2017 For one, the miss is now a missus after the BYU student married Nick Austin; former Miss Fountain Valley Aimee Le is now in medical school; and the organization that presents the pageant finally has its nonprofit status. Greg Mellen, Orange County Register, "Miss Fountain Valley Pageant returns to runway," 23 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of missus

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for missus

alteration of mistress

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“Missus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missus. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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