Definition of Monsignor in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɒnsiːˈnjɔː//mɒnˈsiːnjə/


  • The title of various senior Roman Catholic posts, such as a prelate or an officer of the papal court.

    • ‘Cappo was anointed chairman of the government's Social Inclusion Board in 2002, the same year in which Pope John Paul II gave him the title of Monsignor.’
    • ‘The Monsignor even knew how to read a few hieroglyphs, and that's where I first developed an interest in them.’
    • ‘Monsignor Lynn has succeeded Monsignor Patrick Gallagher as Vicar General of the Diocese.’
    • ‘The Monsignor recently had to suffer the indignity of someone questioning his academic qualifications - which it turned out he didn't actually possess - which just shows you the type of thing our public figures have to put up with.’
    • ‘He had just been made a Monsignor and I went over to congratulate him.’
    • ‘The lifeboat, with Monsignor Ó Fionnachta on board, took up a central position at the harbour mouth and each following boat rounded the lifeboat from which they received an individual blessing.’
    • ‘If he lied about the Monsignor he was making a grave error.’
    • ‘The head of Colombia's Roman Catholic Church, Monsignor Alberto Giraldo, was not sure.’
    • ‘The Foreign Office have heard this from the Monsignor and we are obviously just waiting and hoping.’
    • ‘The Monsignor was ordained a priest on June 20, 1954, at Maynooth College.’
    • ‘The event will be an occasion to thank Monsignor for all his hard work over the years and to also celebrate his 45th Anniversary of his ordination.’
    • ‘The Monsignor, who's also known as Father Vlad, instigated the Westminster pilgrimage in 1987 at the request of the late Cardinal Basil Hume.’
    • ‘But certainly in my own life, I remember when I was at school this Monsignor came around talking to the boys about becoming a diocesan priest, and he spoke to the class, and then if you were interested, you could go and speak to him privately.’
    • ‘The biggest trauma in the Monsignor's life came in 1983 when he was abruptly transferred from his position as President of Clonliffe College to Terenure.’
    • ‘Crowds gathered at the Basilica, where the late Monsignor addressed many pilgrims during his 16 years as Parish Priest in the holy village, on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning last.’
    • ‘The Air Force's most senior Catholic chaplain has been notified through the office of Pope John Paul II that he has been appointed a Prelate of Honour with the title Monsignor.’


Italian, on the pattern of French Monseigneur.