monsignor

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noun mon·si·gnor \män-ˈsē-nyər, mən-\

Definition of monsignor

plural

monsignors

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monsignori

play \ˌmän-ˌsēn-ˈyȯr-ē\
  1. :  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

monsignorial

play \ˌmän-ˌsēn-ˈyȯr-ē-əl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of monsignor

Italian monsignore, from French monseigneur


First Known Use: 1599


MONSIGNOR Defined for English Language Learners

monsignor

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Definition of monsignor for English Language Learners

  • : a Roman Catholic priest of high rank


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