Mrs vs. Misses

By Jaxson

  • Misses

    Miss (pronounced ) is an English language honorific traditionally used only for an unmarried woman (not using another title such as “Doctor” or “Dame”). Originating in the 17th century, it is a contraction of mistress, which was used for all women. A period is not used to signify the contraction. Its counterparts are Mrs., usually used only for married women, and Ms., which can be used for married or unmarried women.

    The plural Misses may be used, such as in The Misses Doe. The traditional French “Mesdemoiselles” (abbreviation “Mlles”) may also be used as the plural in English language conversation or correspondence. In Australian schools the term miss is used interchangeably with female teacher.

  • Misses (noun)

    plural of miss

  • Misses (noun)

    alternative spelling of missus(Mrs)

  • Mrs (noun)

    the title used before a surname or full name to address or refer to a married woman without a higher or honorific or professional title

    “Mrs Sally Jones”

Oxford Dictionary

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