See also: miss, miß, Miß, miss-, miß-, and Miss.


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From mistress.


  • enPR: mĭs, IPA(key): /mɪs/
  • (file)
  • (colloquial) IPA(key): /ˈmɪz/
    Rhymes: -ɪs


Miss (plural Misses or Mlles)

  1. Form of address, now used chiefly for an unmarried woman; used chiefly of girls before the mid-1700s, and thereafter used also of adult women without regard to marital status until the 1800s.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 6, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      She was so mad she wouldn't speak to me for quite a spell, but at last I coaxed her into going up to Miss Emmeline's room and fetching down a tintype of the missing Deacon man.
  2. Form of address for a teacher or a waitress.
    Excuse me, Miss, Donny's been pinching my pencils again.

Usage notesEdit

  • When referring to people with the same name, either of two forms may be used: Misses Brown or Miss Browns.
  • Both Miss and Mrs are frequently replaced by Ms in current usage.
  • The use of Miss with a first name only, as in Miss Julia was common in the Southern U.S. only. Elsewhere only the full or last names were possible: Miss Brown, Miss Julia Brown.

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Miss f (genitive Miss, plural Misses)

  1. title for a beauty queen

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