Definitions

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

  • n. Used as a courtesy title before the surname or full name of a woman or girl: Ms. Doe; Ms. Jane Doe.
  • n. Used in informal titles for a woman to indicate the epitomizing of an attribute or activity: Ms. Fashionable; Ms. Volleyball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • abbr. A title used before an adult female's name or surname instead of Miss or Mrs.
  • abbr. short form of mistress

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abbreviation of manuscript.
  • n. An abbreviation of Master of Scientific Agriculture;
  • n. of Member of the Society of Arts.
  • n. An abbreviation of Madras Staff Corps.
  • n. An abbreviation of Master of Staghounds.
  • n. An abbreviation of mean sea-level.
  • n. An abbreviation of Member of the Statistical Society.

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

  • n. a master's degree in science
  • n. the form of a literary work submitted for publication
  • n. a form of address for a woman
  • n. a state in the Deep South on the gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate States during the American Civil War
  • n. a chronic progressive nervous disorder involving loss of myelin sheath around certain nerve fibers
  • n. a form of address for a woman

Etymologies

Blend of Miss and Mrs.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But all I can think is that she hates the title Ms. She said it was “asinine,” another of her cherished words.

    Vivian Rising

  • Ben Zimmer, who's been hunting the elusive "first known proposal for using the title Ms. to refer to a woman regardless of her marital status"; he's found it on page 4 of the

    languagehat.com

  • Big Mama, the name Ms. Cadenhead’s grandchildren call her, serves it in the summer with sliced peaches or strawberries, and in winter she toasts, butters, and tops it with homemade fig preserves when the occasion calls for a special breakfast.

    One Big Table

  • They didn't call the name of Ms. Zhou, who went back inside to sit with other Chinese workers at Choei Suisan, making origami baskets.

    Rescue by Bus: China Sends for Its Own

  • Hymowitz I hate that phony term "Ms." asks nothing of women, so let me do the job for her: When are women going to accept their God-given roles of being wives and mothers?

    Way to a Man's Heart May Not Be Through an Essay

  • His mother, who we called Ms. Fish, was always good to me.

    Magic City

  • I was very worried about them, so I called Ms. Berman at the shelter.

    Cat Burglar Caper

  • Tarita Virtue is set to retake the witness stand on Tuesday morning where she will undoubtedly chat about the content of the various calls Ms. Virtue transcribed -- including calls involving a number of famous names.

    Allison Hope Weiner: Pellicano Trial: Tarita Virtue Takes The Stand

  • Following this, Robert Roode announced Brooks had been replaced by Maxon, under the new name Ms.

    TNA / SHIMMER, Rain / Ms.Payton Banks

  • The Hagan campaign lashed out at this ad, saying it called Ms. Hagan a liar without any basis and likened her to a female dog.

    In North Carolina,

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