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

  • n. Used as a courtesy title for a married or widowed woman before the surname or full name of her husband: Mrs. Doe; Mrs. John Doe.
  • n. Used as a courtesy title for a married, widowed, or divorced woman before her own surname or full name: Mrs. Doe; Mrs. Jane Doe. See Usage Note at Ms.
  • n. Used in informal titles for a married woman to indicate the epitomizing of an attribute or activity: Mrs. Wonderful; Mrs. Organization.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The customary abbreviation of Mistress or Missess when used as a title of courtesy, in writing and printing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abbreviation of Mistress or Missis.
  • n. An abbreviation of Member of the Royal Society of Literature.

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

  • n. a form of address for a married woman
  • n. a form of address for a married woman

Etymologies

Abbreviation of mistress.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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