monsignor

noun
mon·​si·​gnor | \ män-ˈsē-nyər How to pronounce monsignor (audio) , mən- \
plural monsignors or monsignori\ ˌmän-​ˌsēn-​ˈyȯr-​ē How to pronounce monsignor (audio) \

Definition of monsignor

: a Roman Catholic prelate having a dignity or titular distinction (as of domestic prelate or protonotary apostolic) usually conferred by the pope used as a title prefixed to the surname or to the given name and surname

Other Words from monsignor

monsignorial \ ˌmän-​ˌsēn-​ˈyȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce monsignor (audio) \ adjective

Examples of monsignor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Buck, who was raised Catholic and served as an altar boy, also was molested by several priests and a monsignor, according to his lawyer. Matthew Ormsethstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 But Stu persists and wins the monsignor over to his cause with a minimum of strain and effort. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2022 The monsignor demands it, but that doesn’t mean Kristen has to be okay with it. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 10 Oct. 2021 And then there’s Father Pruitt, the monsignor who’s held mass at church for longer than anyone can remember. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 5 Oct. 2021 Riley and Erin are among the few residents of Crockett Island, a place known for its fishing industry, a recent catastrophe that wiped much of that industry out, and a deep and abiding faith, nourished by the parish’s beloved monsignor. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 20 Sep. 2021 Gipson was given the title monsignor by the Catholic Church. al, 31 July 2021 One Vatican monsignor who until recently was considered by prosecutors to be a key suspect, Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, managed to avoid indictment. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 26 July 2021 One Vatican monsignor who until recently was considered by prosecutors to be a key suspect, Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, managed to avoid indictment. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 26 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of monsignor

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monsignor

Italian monsignore, from French monseigneur

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“Monsignor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monsignor. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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