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Miss (pronounced [mɪs]) is a title typically used for an unmarried woman (not entitled to a higher title). It is a contraction of mistress, originating during the 17th Century; however, a period (to signify the contraction) is generally not used. Its counterpart, Mrs., is used for married women. Ms. is used for women regardless of marital status. Señorita (Spanish for Miss) is the fourth single from Justin Timberlakes solo debut album Justified. ... Look up miss in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A title is a prefix or suffix added to a persons name to signify either veneration, an official position or a professional or academic qualification. ... Matrimony redirects here. ... Diverse women. ... Mistress is an old form of address for a woman. ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... Mrs (or Mrs. ... Ms or Ms. ... A persons marital status describes their relationship with a significant other. ...


Miss can be used in direct address to a woman, for example, May I help you, Miss? By British tradition, Miss is often used by schoolchildren to address female teachers without using their name, regardless of marital status. This is also seen in some Commonwealth nations such as Australia, Canada, India. The Commonwealth of Nations as of 2008. ...

In some styles of etiquette, the eldest daughter of a family was addressed on paper simply as Miss Doe, with the younger daughters being addressed as Miss Jane Doe and Miss Rebecca Doe. In person, as in when making introductions, the styling would have been extended to unmarried cosed irrespective of marital status and added to a woman's first name in direct or indirect address, as Miss Ellen from Gone with the Wind or Miss Ellie from Dallas. This form was also used in upper class households in all English-speaking countries by servants to address or refer to the unmarried ladies of the household, and occasionally in family-run businesses in the same manner, though more commonly it was used to address servants if they were addressed by title at all.-1... For the film, see Gone with the Wind (film). ... The Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewing family The original cast of Dallas. ... Upper class is a concept in sociology that refers to the group of people at the top of a social hierarchy. ... Servant has a number of meaning: A servant is another word for domestic worker, a person who is hired to provide regular household or other duties, and receives compensation. ...

Miss was formerly the default title for a businesswoman, but it has largely been replaced by Ms. in this context. It was (and to some extent remains) also a default title for celebrities, such as actresses (Miss Helen Hayes, Miss Amelia Earhart). Such default usage has also proved problematic; the poet Dorothy Parker was often referred to as Miss Parker, even though Parker was the name of her first husband and she herself preferred Mrs. Parker. Later in the century, the use of "Miss" or "Mrs" became a problem for the New York Times in referring to political candidate Geraldine Ferraro, a married woman who did not use her husband's surname, since Mrs has only been used with a woman's maiden name in limited circumstances in public life before the 1980's. (See more at Mrs.) Current American etiquette states that Ms. is preferred for a woman who has kept her maiden name after marriage and where one is not sure of how the woman wants to be addressed. While Miss is still used, it is most frequently used to refer to girls under eighteen.[1] Ms or Ms. ... Helen Hayes (October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress whose successful and award-winning career spanned almost 70 years. ... Amelia Mary Earhart (pronounced AIR-hart; 24 July 1897 – missing 2 July 1937, declared dead 5 January 1939) was a noted American aviation pioneer, author and womens rights advocate. ... Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American writer and poet, best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. ... Geraldine Anne Ferraro (born August 26, 1935) is a Democratic politician and a former member of the United States House of Representatives. ... Mrs. ...

The prescription that all women (regardless of marital status, profession or age) should use Ms., has been mooted. However, in actual contemporary usage, many women still prefer to be referred to as Miss, for example the American media personality, Miss Jones. An example of Miss used in a contemporary formal setting, and to address a woman considerably older than 18, is found in the 2007 film Lions for Lambs. The senator played by Tom Cruise addresses a senior journalist played by Meryl Streep. Her character, Janine Roth, is addressed as Miss Roth. 21st century etiquette typically consults a woman for her preference of title, while using Ms. if this is impractical. This is common practice in forms that provide options for title — for example, Dr, Ms, Mrs or Miss. In linguistics, prescription can refer both to the codification and the enforcement of rules governing how a language is to be used. ... This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ... Lions for Lambs is a new drama film scheduled to be released in 2007 starring Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. ... A senate is a deliberative body, often the upper house or chamber of a legislature. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... Mary Louise Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award, Cannes Best Actress, Berlin Best Actress winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ... -1...

Another notable use of Miss is as the title of a beauty queen (given that in most pageants it is a requirement that contestants be unmarried), such as Miss America, Miss Universe, or Miss Congeniality. A beauty contest, or beauty pageant, is a competition between people, based largely, though not always entirely, on the beauty of their physical appearance. ... For the patriotically-themed comic book superheroines, see Miss America (comics). ... Miss Universe is an annual international female beauty contest, and the title for the winner of the contest, founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills. ... Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy film/thriller film directed by Donald Petrie, starring Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt. ...

Other languages, such as French, Spanish, Bulgarian, and Portuguese, have borrowed the English Miss to refer to the winner of a beauty pageant.

Miss can be used in the plural, as Misses. The usage The Misses Doe was often used in the United Kingdom to refer to unmarried sisters, but this usage is now largely obsolete.

Foreign equivalents

Rough foreign equivalents of Miss are:

  • Afrikaans: Juffrou
  • Albanian: Zonjushë
  • Arabic: أﻧﺴﻪ (Ānisah)
  • Armenian: վրիպում (Vripoum)
  • Azeri: Xanımqız
  • Bosnian: Gospođica (Gđica)
  • Bulgarian: Госпожица (Gospozhitsa)
  • Chinese: 小姐 (Xiáojiě)
  • Croatian: Gospođica (Gđica)
  • Czech: Slečna
  • Danish: Frøken (Frk.)
  • Dutch: Juffrouw (Juf.)
  • Esperanto: Fraŭlino (F-lino)
  • Estonian: Preili (Prl.)
  • Filipino: Binibini (Bb.)
  • Finnish: Neiti (Nti)
  • French: Mademoiselle (Mlle)
  • Georgian: ქალიშვილი (K'ališvili)
  • German: Fräulein (Frl)
  • Greek: Δεσπιδινα (Despidina) (Δες Des), only used for girls obviously younger than 18
  • Hebrew: רווקה (Ravaka)
  • Hungarian: Kisasszony
  • Icelandic: Ungfrú (Ung)
  • Indonesian Nona (Nn.)
  • Irish: Ógbhean
  • Italian: Signorina (Sig.na)
  • Japanese: 女史 (じょし) (joshi)
  • Korean: 숙녀 (suknyeo)
  • Latvian: Netrāpījums
  • Lithuanian: Panelė
  • Luxemburgish: Joffer
  • Macedonian: Госпоѓица (Gospoǵica) (Г-ѓица G-ǵica)
  • Malaysian: Cik
  • Maltese: Sinjorina
  • Manx: Cronnaghey
  • Norwegian Frøken (Frk.)
  • Occitan: Domaisèla, Misè
  • Persian: خانم (khaanoom)
  • Polish: Panna
  • Portuguese: Menhina (Mnhna.)
  • Romanian: Domnişoara (D-ra)
  • Russian: Девушка (Devushka)
  • Sanskrit: कुमारि (Kumāri)
  • Scots Gaelic: Maighdeann (Mh.)
  • Serbian: Gospođica (Gđica)
  • Slovak: Slečna
  • Slovenian: Gospodična (Gdč.)
  • Spanish: Señorita (Srta)
  • Swedish: Fröken (Frk.)
  • Turkish: Bayan
  • Ukrainian: Панні (Panni)
  • Welsh: Bonesig

Miss is a title, typically used for an unmarried woman. ... This article is about German word. ...

See also

Master is an English title. ... A title is a prefix or suffix added to a persons name to signify either veneration, an official position or a professional or academic qualification. ... Mrs (or Mrs. ... Ms or Ms. ... This article is about general usage. ... A lady is a woman who is the counterpart of a lord; or, the counterpart of a gentleman. ... Dame is the female equivalent of address to Sir for a British knighthood. ... Doctor means teacher in Latin. ... The meaning of the word professor (Latin: [1]) varies. ... Master is an English title. ... Mister, usually abbreviated to Mr. ... This article is about the title. ... Look up sir in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Lordship redirects here. ...

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