Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Used as a courtesy title before the surname, full name, or professional title of a man in a French-speaking area: Monsieur Cartier; Monsieur Jacques Cartier.
  • n. Used as a form of polite address for a man in a French-speaking area.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The common title of civility in France in speaking to, or of, a man; Mr. or Sir.
  • n. The oldest brother of the king of France.
  • n. A Frenchman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Literally, my lord; sir: the common title of courtesy in France, answering to the English Mr. Abbreviated M., Mons.; plural MM., Messrs.
  • n. A title given to the eldest brother of the King of France.
  • n. A Frenchman: vulgarly and humorously mounseer.
  • n. A gentleman: said of a Frenchman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. used as a French courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'

Etymologies

French, from Old French : mon, my (from Latin meum, accusative of meus; see me-1 in Indo-European roots) + sieur, lord, sir (from Vulgar Latin *seiorem, accusative of *seior; see sire).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • ’ She met Monsieur the Curé of Saint-Rémy, and to him she said: ‘Monsieur the Curé, I will dig the earth with my nails, but give me back my child!

    III. The Story of a Wheaten Cake. Book VI

  • Monsieur and Madame Gerson never spoke of them by their names but: _Monsieur le Sénateur, Monsieur le Député!

    His Excellency the Minister

  • There was fortunately “une agrafeuse” and a certain Monsieur FIX IT with a remarkable sense of humour and “grande présence d'esprit” (= great presence of mind)

    agrafer - French Word-A-Day

  • Your stories bring back so many memories for me, of course I clearly remember that beautiful crisp October morning in Monsieur Delhomme's garden.

    potiron - French Word-A-Day

  • Before starting our first class, we were greeted by the dean of the university, a certain Monsieur L'Oiseau.

    se tromper - French Word-A-Day

  • Monsieur is climbing up the restanque* that separates his potager* from the outskirts of our property.

    souci - French Word-A-Day

  • Monsieur is not so much laughing at the flowers in our yard ... as he is at the newbie countrywoman whose family sowed them.

    souci - French Word-A-Day

  • "Despite the wonders of his earlier work (City Lights and Modern Times are brilliant) the discontinuity present in [Monsieur Verdoux] takes the film to a new level," writes John Adair.

    GreenCine Daily: Shorts, 2/28.

  • The next day I called Monsieur Corty and I told him that, yes, our arrangement would be acceptable – but the price would have to be four hundred francs per week.

    The Woman in the Fifth

  • In all sorts of strange places I was alluded to as “that young gentleman they call Monsieur George.”

    The Arrow of Gold

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