from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used as a courtesy title before the surname or full name of a girl or an unmarried woman in a French-speaking area: Mademoiselle Turot; Mademoiselle Isabelle Turot.
- n. Used as a form of polite address for a girl or young woman in a French-speaking area.
- n. A French governess.
- n. See silver perch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A French title of courtesy given to a girl or an unmarried lady, equivalent to the English Miss.
- n. A marine food fish (Sciæna chrysura), of the Southern United States; -- called also yellowtail, and silver perch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, in France, the title of any woman, married or single, who was not of the nobility, and of noble married women whose husbands had not been knighted: also, when used absolutely, or without a name, the distinctive title of the eldest daughter of the next brother of the king (who was in like manner called Monsieur), and afterward of the first princess of the blood, whoever was her father.
- n. A distinctive title given to girls and unmarried women in France, equivalent to Miss: abbreviated in writing to Mlle., pl.
- n. A sciænoid fish, the yellowtail or silver perch, Bairdiella chrysura.
- n. A French governess: used as ‘Fräulein’ is used for a German governess.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small silvery drumfish often mistaken for white perch; found along coasts of United States from New York to Mexico
French, from Old French ma demoiselle : ma, my; see Madame + demoiselle, young lady (from damisele, from Vulgar Latin *dominicella, diminutive of Latin domina, lady; see Madame).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)