Definitions

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

  • n. Used as a courtesy title for an unmarried woman in an Italian-speaking area, equivalent to Miss.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A courtesy title for an unmarried woman of Italian origin

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Miss; -- a title of address among the Italians.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Italian title of respect for a young woman, equivalent to Miss in English, Mademoiselle in French, etc.

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

  • n. an Italian title or form of address for an unmarried woman
  • n. an Italian courtesy title for an unmarried woman; equivalent to `Miss', it is either used alone or before a name

Etymologies

Italian, diminutive of signora, signora; see signora.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "The signorina is going to move out of the palace in half an hour," said the servant.

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  • English; the language of love, signorina, is universal.

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  • Italian has a wonderful word for the sway of a drunken sailor (or hat-selling signorina): barcollare -- to move back and forth like a boat.

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  • “Buon giorno, signorina,” he said as though she came there every day.

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  • This lovely signorina was kind enough to accompany a lonely old man for an aperitif, Lucci went on.

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  • In fact the Vessillo proudly reported all the university honors obtained by Jewish women, as in the case of Ernestina Paper, the first “signorina” to obtain a university degree in Italy, graduating from the faculty of medicine in Florence in 1877.

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  • “Your sense of humor, signorina, it is…affascinare.”

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  • “Not like the old days, signorina,” said Benito, referring to the protestors and media circus that once surrounded her arrivals at the Vatican.

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  • “The jet is fueling up at the airstrip, signorina,” Benito said.

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  • Then one day I was out and about town when a grandfatherly fellow hailed me: Ah, signorina Fescue!

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