One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural mesdemoiselles, Plural Mesdemoiselles
1A title or form of address used of or to an unmarried French-speaking woman.‘Mademoiselle Rossignol’‘thank you, Mademoiselle’
young woman, young lady, missView synonyms
- ‘‘Take a seat, mademoiselle,’ René said and pointed towards the chairs around the kitchen-dining room table.’
- ‘Henri smiled in relief, ‘Beware mademoiselle, Master Dupoint wishes you to marry Master DeAngelo.’’
- ‘‘Good night mademoiselle,’ Evan suavely kissed her hand.’
- ‘‘Enchanté, mademoiselle,’ Etienne whispered, placing a feather-soft kiss on my knuckles, just like in all of the old movies.’
- ‘‘Is there a problem, mademoiselle?’ asked Claude in his best attempt to nullify the situation.’
- ‘‘Oh, forgive me, mademoiselle,’ he said gallantly as it had just occurred to him that he had not introduced himself.’
- ‘I, mademoiselle, am your knight in shining armor.’
- ‘‘I'm sorry mademoiselle but we can't sit you now,’ the lady said.’
- ‘We have come to speak with your father on matters of some importance, mademoiselle.’
- ‘‘Good morning to you too, mademoiselle,’ said John in exaggerated courtesy.’
- ‘‘Come this way, mademoiselle,’ he said, gesturing with his hand to follow.’
- ‘Eric approached her at rehearsal that day, ‘Bonjour mademoiselle.’’
- ‘‘Oui, mademoiselle,’ Claire answered in her flawless French accent.’
- ‘I asked, ‘Tell me, mademoiselle, I am at your disposal.’’
- ‘Well, mademoiselle, I've afraid I must be off, if it's alright with you I'll escort you to your vehicle.’
- ‘It will surely be easy for one as talented as yourself, mademoiselle.’
- ‘I see it is mademoiselle's first visit to Paris.’
- ‘‘Hello mademoiselle,’ I said as pleasantly and calmly as I could.’
- ‘Anyway, mademoiselle, if you would like to sit down, dinner is about to be served.’
- ‘‘Mais oui,’ Zachary said with a fake French accent, ‘I live to make you smile, mademoiselle.’’
- 1.1 A young Frenchwoman.
- ‘Where was the gleaming new Citroën occupied by the leggy tanned mademoiselle of my dreams?’
- ‘There was no way that she, Kim, mademoiselle extraordinaire, would do such a thing.’
- ‘In her flapper-age bathing costume, Mayerova dances simultaneously as a machine and a mademoiselle, as an athlete and an advertisement for the modernist revolution.’
- ‘She shakes her head and says, ‘No. I'm a Mademoiselle because I'm not married.’’
- ‘The writer of this letter shall be the one to retrieve the mademoiselle from your custody as soon as possible, monsieur.’
- ‘So up I leapt to defend the honour of a mademoiselle in distress.’
- ‘I looked over at the French mademoiselle resting on the sofa, and I knew the pain she felt.’
- ‘However, you'd have to be an iller mademoiselle than I seem to be at present to be in this locale and remain unmoved.’
- ‘To start I had a large bowl of mussels, while mademoiselle enjoyed a tomato stuffed with goat's cheese.’
- ‘Met a pretty mademoiselle, her papa owned a small hotel.’
- ‘The dear mademoiselle fainted at the height and I believe she is a tad ill.’
- 1.2mademoiselledated A French governess.
- ‘There were the six grey eyes of her cousins glowering at her; there was George Augustus Frederick examining her with an air of extreme wonder, Mademoiselle the governess turning her looks demurely away, and awful Lady Gorgon glancing fiercely at her in front.’
- ‘She respected my decision and she went with my sister Sidney, and my mademoiselle who was our nanny tried to get me to go.’
- ‘My older sister, Gabrielle, was first taught at home by 'Mademoiselle' the governess, and went on to St. James, in West Malvern, an up-market school where education revolved around their pupils' social skills and no exams were taken.’
- 1.3 A female French teacher in an English-speaking school.
- ‘Well mademoiselle Dorianna you won't have a hard time teaching French this year like you did last year.’
- ‘While there is nothing interesting going on in the school (all the pupils are gone for the summer, and all the teachers, too, save for Mademoiselle, the French teacher), Mademoiselle is a nice enough lady, and not at all restrictive for as long as they behave themselves.’
- ‘On the other hand, Mademoiselle, the French teacher, was perfectly understandable even when speaking English.’
French, from ma ‘my’ + demoiselle ‘damsel’.
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