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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A title conferred by the pope on a high-ranking male cleric, such as a protonotary apostolic.
  • noun A cleric holding such a title.
  • noun Used as a form of address prefixed to the name of such a cleric.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Italian, from French Monseigneur; see Monseigneur.]

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