M.

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Translingual[edit]

Noun[edit]

M. (plural Mm.)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of m.

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

French M.

Noun[edit]

M. (plural Messrs.)

  1. US and Canada standard form of M (Monsieur).
    • 1823, Adam Hodgson, A Letter to M. Jean-Baptiste Say: On the Comparative Expense of Free and Slave Labour

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

M.

  1. (rare) A gender-neutral honorific, comparable to Mx., used instead of Mr., Mrs., etc.
    • 1982 July 10, Mx. John Eldridge (username "floyd!jce"), More words and sex, net.nlang:
      while we're at it, let's get rid of all this Miss/Mrs/Mr/Ms crap. It wasn't much of a step to go from Miss/Mrs to Ms; after all, the issue should be that gender is unimportant. How about one generic title for everyone? For instance, M. Smith, M. Jones. []
    • 1983 September 27, Martin Taylor, Miss/Mrs/Ms, net.women:
      I like the idea of just "M. Smith". Who cares whether the person is male or female if the matters under discussion are just business? If this is confusable with "Malcolm Smith" or "Marylin Smith", why not use "Mx. Smith" instead. []

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

M. m (plural MM.)

  1. Abbreviation of Monsieur.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In modern standard French as spoken in France, the usual abbreviation of monsieur is M., and its plural, the abbreviation of messieurs, is MM. Uncommonly, Mr (and archaically Mr.) is found as an alternative abbreviation of monsieur; its plural is Mrs. In older French, especially in Louisiana, Guernsey and elsewhere, Messrs (and Messrs.) was found as an alternative plural, i.e. an alternative abbreviation of messieurs.

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Latin[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

M. m (indeclinable)

  1. Praenominal abbreviation of Marcus.
  2. (rare) Praenominal abbreviation of Manius.