Definitions

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

  • n. Roman Catholic Church A title and an office conferred on a male cleric by a pope.
  • n. Roman Catholic Church Used as a form of address prefixed to the name of such a cleric.

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  • n. An ecclesiastic title bestowed on some Roman Catholic clerics by the Pope

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a title conferred upon prelates, and upon the dignitaries of the papal court and household. Also, in the fuller Italian form, monsignore, plural monsignori. Abbreviated Mgr.

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  • n. (Roman Catholic Church) an ecclesiastical title of honor bestowed on some priests

Etymologies

Italian, from French Monseigneur; see Monseigneur.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The highest general and the youngest lieutenant are equally officers, and the most venerable patriarch bears the title Monsignor as well as the simplest honorary chaplain.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • (He was eventually given the title Monsignor anyway.)

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • This Washington Post article says ‘the messages arriving in Monsignor Slawomir Oder’s inbox are multiplying.

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Making saints

  • Fr Skehan - who is 81 and has been given the honorific title "Monsignor" - served at the church for 40 years.

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  • Since the Monsignor was his mentor, he had to accept the news.

    The Grace to Race

  • A Monsignor is a worthy priest upon whom the Pope confers this title as a mark of esteem.

    Baltimore Catechism No. 3 (of 4)

  • When I reached Fontainebleau, one of the treasurers commissioned by the King to defray my expenses (he was called Monsignor della Fa 1) addressed me in these words: Benvenuto, the painter Bologna has obtained commission from the King to execute your great Colossus, and all the orders previously given as on your behalf have been transferred to him.

    The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

  • AT this time the Bishop of Pavia, brother of the Count of San Secondo, and commonly called Monsignor de Rossi of Parma, happened to be imprisoned in the castle for some troublesome affairs at Pavia.

    The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

  • When I reached Fontainebleau, one of the treasurers commissioned by the King to defray my expenses (he was called Monsignor della Fa1) addressed me in these words: “Benvenuto, the painter Bologna has obtained commission from the King to execute your great Colossus, and all the orders previously given as on your behalf have been transferred to him.

    XXXI

  • AT this time the Bishop of Pavia, brother of the Count of San Secondo, and commonly called Monsignor de’ Rossi of Parma, happened to be imprisoned in the castle for some troublesome affairs at Pavia.

    CXXVI

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