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
monsignorialplay \ˌmän-ˌsēn-ˈyȯr-ē-əl\ adjective
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Saturday’s Mass and reburial will be a glorious event, the monsignor said.
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Origin and Etymology of monsignor
Italian monsignore, from French monseigneur
First Known Use: 1599See Words from the same year
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Definition of monsignor for English Language Learners
: a Roman Catholic priest of high rank
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