Definitions for MONSIGNORmɒnˈsi nyər, ˌmɒn siˈnyɔr; ˌmɔn siˈnyɔr i
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mon•si•gnormɒnˈsi nyər, ˌmɒn siˈnyɔr; ˌmɔn siˈnyɔr i(n.)(pl.)mon•si•gnors; mon•si•gno•ri
a title conferred upon certain Roman Catholic prelates.
a person bearing this title.
Origin of monsignor:
1635–45; < It < F Monseigneurmonseigneur ; see signor
(Roman Catholic Church) an ecclesiastical title of honor bestowed on some priests
An ecclesiastic title bestowed on some Roman Catholic clerics by the Pope
Monsignor, pl. monsignori, is the form of address for those members of the clergy of the Catholic Church holding certain ecclesiastical honorific titles. Monsignor is the apocopic form of the Italian monsignore, from the French mon seigneur, meaning "my lord". It is abbreviated Mgr, Msgr, or Mons. As a form of address, "Monsignor" is not itself an appointment. The three honorary awards most often associated with the style "monsignor" are Protonotary Apostolic, Honorary Prelate, and Chaplain of His Holiness. These are granted by the Pope, usually at the request of the local bishop. The style is also associated with the office of vicar general.
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