Definition of ms

 (Entry 1 of 3)

millisecond

Ms.

noun
\ ˈmiz How to pronounce Ms. (audio) \
variants: US Ms. or British Ms
plural Mss. or Mses.\ ˈmi-​zəz How to pronounce Ms. (audio) \

Definition of Ms. (Entry 2 of 3)

used as a conventional title of courtesy before a woman's surname My history teacher is Ms. Judson used instead of Miss or Mrs. (as when the marital status of a woman is unknown or irrelevant) Ms. Mary Smith"I think you do want to dispute the fact that you had a difficult childhood," Ms. Johnston told Mrs. Gore, who was silent for several beats, then agreed.— Katha PollittBut it wasn't until the 1970s that Ms. took its place in the emerging women's liberation movement. It was a heady time for women, and the new prefix represented an important new way for them to define themselves as individuals, rather than in terms of their relationship to men.— Carol Toller

Definition of MS (Entry 3 of 3)

1 [Italian mano sinistra] left hand
2 manuscript
3 master of science
4 military science
5 Mississippi
6 motor ship
7 multiple sclerosis

First Known Use of ms

Noun

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ms

Noun

probably blend of Miss and Mrs.

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“Ms.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ms. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for ms

Ms.

noun
\ ˈmiz \

Kids Definition of Ms.

often used instead of Miss or Mrs. Ms. Jane Doe

MS

abbreviation

Kids Definition of MS

Mississippi

ms

abbreviation

Medical Definition of ms

 (Entry 1 of 2)

millisecond

MS

abbreviation

Medical Definition of MS (Entry 2 of 2)

1 mass spectrometry
2 master of science
3 multiple sclerosis

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