monsieur

noun
mon·​sieur | \ mə-ˈsyər How to pronounce monsieur (audio) , -ˈsyə, -ˈshyər, -ˈshyə; mə-ˈsir \
plural messieurs\ mə-​ˈsyər(z) How to pronounce messieurs (audio) , -​ˈsyə(z) , -​ˈshyər(z) , -​ˈshyə(z) , mā-​ ; mə-​ˈsir(z) \

Definition of monsieur

: a Frenchman of high rank or station used as a title equivalent to Mister and prefixed to the name of a Frenchman

Examples of monsieur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the last debutante is placed on stage, the jeunes messieurs bow to the debutantes and in turn, the young ladies do a group curtsey. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Le Debut des Jeunes Filles de la Nouvelle Orleans kicks off debutante season," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of monsieur

1512, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monsieur

Middle French, literally, my lord

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“Monsieur.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monsieur. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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