mademoiselle


noun, plural mad·e·moi·selles [mad-uh-muhzelz, mad-mwuh-, mam-zelz] /ˌmæd ə məˈzɛlz, ˌmæd mwə-, mæmˈzɛlz/, mes·de·moi·selles [mey-duh-muhzel, meyd-mwuhzel; French meyd-mwazel] /ˌmeɪ də məˈzɛl, ˌmeɪd mwəˈzɛl; French meɪd mwaˈzɛl/.

  1. (often initial capital letter) a French title of respect equivalent to “Miss”, used in speaking to or of a girl or unmarried woman: Mademoiselle Lafitte. Abbreviation: Mlle.
  2. a French governess.
  3. silver perch(def 1).

noun plural mesdemoiselles (ˌmeɪdmwəˈzɛl, French medmwazɛl)

  1. a young unmarried French girl or woman: usually used as a title equivalent to Miss
  2. a French teacher or governess

mid-15c., “unmarried Frenchwoman,” from French mademoiselle (12c.), from a compound of ma dameisele (see damsel), literally “young mistress.”

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