One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A title or form of address used of or to an Italian-speaking unmarried woman, corresponding to Miss.‘Signorina Rosalba’
- ‘In one school, the headmaster announced a policy specifying that he would address the women by signora or signorina plus last name and the men by their first name.’
- ‘Philpott divided his time between watching the singers on the stage, asking me what was going on, and gazing thoughtfully at the Signorinas Rosalina and Lucia across the way.’
- ‘Do you see the large man with silver hair, seated beside Signorina Rosalina?"’
- ‘‘No one is surrendering today, signorina,’ the chef bellowed.’
- ‘‘The signorina is here, sir,’ the man behind her said.’
Italian, diminutive of signora (see Signora).
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