mademoiselle

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French mademoiselle.

Noun[edit]

mademoiselle (plural mademoiselles or mesdemoiselles)

  1. Courtesy title for an unmarried woman in France or a French-speaking country.
  2. (humorous or affected) A young woman or girl, especially one who is French or French-speaking.
    • 1964, Chuck Berry (lyrics and music), “You Never Can Tell”:
      It was a teenage wedding, and the old folks wished them well / You could see that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle...

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

ma +‎ demoiselle

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mad.mwa.zɛl/
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Noun[edit]

mademoiselle f (plural mesdemoiselles)

  1. Miss (as a form of address)

Noun[edit]

mademoiselle f (plural demoiselles)

  1. Miss (as a title with a name)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Not used for an older woman unless she is clearly unmarried.
  • As of February 21, 2012, the use of the word mademoiselle is prohibited from use in official forms and registries in France.[1][2]
  • The form madelle (a blend of madame and mademoiselle) has been suggested as a replacement, but never caught on. Instead, madame is used regardless of marital status.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott Sayare (2012-02-22), “‘Mademoiselle’ Exits Official France”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331
  2. ^ “Mademoiselle is no longer an official French woman”, in Reuters[2], 2012-02-23