ms

1 of 3

abbreviation (1)

millisecond

Ms.

2 of 3

noun

variants US Ms. or British Ms
plural Mss. or Mses. ˈmi-zəz How to pronounce Ms. (audio)
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 Pollitt
But 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

MS

3 of 3

abbreviation (2)

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

Examples of ms in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Screenwriter Fey returns as Ms. Norbury, along with Tim Meadows, who is once again Principal Duvall. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2024 In the meantime, Interpol has redacted Ms. Meixueiro’s data from its systems. Jane Bradley, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024 Last year’s Picnic included sets from Usher & the Roots, Ms. Lauryn Hill — with a surprise Fugees reunion — as well as comedian Dave Chappelle, Lil Uzi Vert and more. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 20 Feb. 2024 She has been taken advantage of by Ms. Hildebrandt. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 20 Feb. 2024 Still, the president remains highly popular and his ally Ms. Sheinbaum appears set to coast easily into the presidency. Amaranta Marentes, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Feb. 2024 Families familiar with the show can expect more of the same here, with the addition of special guest appearances by Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, who provide the voices for Ms. Leopard and Mr. Raccoon, respectively. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 In a statement shared with Pitchfork, one of Drew Dixon’s attorneys, Sigrid S. McCawley, said: Ms. Dixon has taken enough abuse. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 16 Feb. 2024 Elsewhere, a storage room was converted to a 4,000-bottle wine cellar and tasting room, and a second-floor room once used by Ms. Bell’s first husband as a study has been converted to a one-of-a-kind dressing room. Mark David, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

probably blend of Miss and Mrs.

First Known Use

Noun

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ms was in 1901

Dictionary Entries Near ms

Cite this Entry

“Ms.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ms. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

Ms.

noun
plural Mss. or Mses. ˈmiz-əz How to pronounce Ms. (audio)
used instead of Miss or Mrs. (as when it is unknown or unimportant whether the woman addressed is married or single)
Etymology

Noun

probably a combination of Miss and Mrs.

Medical Definition

ms

1 of 2 abbreviation
millisecond

MS

2 of 2 abbreviation
1
mass spectrometry
2
master of science
3
multiple sclerosis

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