One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A title or form of address used of or to a French-speaking prince, cardinal, archbishop, or bishop.
- ‘A French aristocrat by birth, Monseigneur has no trace of pity and despises the peasants of France.’
- ‘Therefore, the King of Navarre, however good and clever the advice he may have, is, in my judgment, ill-advised when he does not recognize Monseigneur the Cardinal of Bourbon as king.’
- ‘The people are still poor and miserable, and the land ruined, and the elegance Monseigneur lived in has been stamped out completely.’
- ‘She turned and curtseyed, ‘Yes, Monseigneur?’’
- ‘I almost nodded and turned, but then I had an idea, ‘But I'm the doctor sent by Monseigneur le Comte Velderez au Voltaire.’’
French, from mon ‘my’ + seigneur ‘lord’.
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