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

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

Examples of monsignor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lori’s spokesman, Sean Caine, said the then-monsignor announced in parishes why the priests were being ousted and connected The Post with one of the victims. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "W.Va. scandal muddies legacy of Vatican’s longtime fixer from Baltimore," 2 Sep. 2019 O’Grady was designated a monsignor by Pope John Paul II, the diocese said. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "'Filled with God’s compassion and love for us': Community mourns loss of Phoenix priest," 13 July 2019 Cassock-shaped, with a row of red buttons set off by coordinating trimming, it was accessorized with a tasseled monsignor hat and a cross necklace. Vogue, "Il Pretino: The Story of Three Italian Sisters, One Fiery American Actress, and a Molto Bella Black Dress," 25 Apr. 2018 Kelly, named a monsignor in 1969, served at a number of area parishes, including St. Charles, Center City’s St. Patrick’s, Chester’s St. Robert’s, and St. Helena’s in North Philadelphia. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "The Philly sports fan who became a WWII hero | Frank's Place," 14 Apr. 2018 He was named a monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1996 at the recommendation of Cardinal William Keeler. Jacques Kelly,, "Msgr. James O. McGovern III retired Ellicott City pastor, dies," 11 Dec. 2017 Behind the apse, in the monsignor’s private apartments, Dom Pérignon 2006 was poured for the ladies in glittering gowns and men in floaty silk caftans and shiny Alta Sartoria suits adorned with diamond brooches. Alexandra Marshall, WSJ, "Behind the Scenes at Dolce & Gabbana’s Couture Club for Top Clients," 11 Oct. 2017

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of monsignor

: a Roman Catholic priest of high rank

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