AskDefine | Define Ms

Dictionary Definition

Ms. n : a form of address for a woman that does not depend on her marital statusMS


1 a chronic progressive nervous disorder involving loss of myelin sheath around certain nerve fibers [syn: multiple sclerosis, disseminated sclerosis, disseminated multiple sclerosis]
2 a state in the Deep South on the gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate States during the American Civil War [syn: Mississippi, Magnolia State]
3 a master's degree in science [syn: Master of Science, SM, MSc]
4 the form of a literary work submitted for publication [syn: manuscript]

User Contributed Dictionary






Originally an 18th-century abbreviation of Mistress (compare Mrs); adopted by feminists from the 1970s onwards as a non-sexist title that does not reveal or assume the marital status of the woman to which it is applied, by analogy with Mr, which functions in this way



Ms. or Ms (British)
  1. A title used before an adult female's name or surname instead of Miss or Mrs.
    Ms. Jane Doe
    Ms. Doe

Usage notes

See the notes in the Wikipedia article

Extensive Definition

MS may refer to:
  • Ms., an honorific title for women
  • Ms. (magazine), an American feminist magazine
  • .ms, the Internet country code top-level domain for Montserrat
  • Manuscript, a hand-written document
  • Mississippi, a state in the United States of America
  • Multiple sclerosis, a chronic, inflammatory, demyelinating disease
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Ms in Japanese: MS
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Ms in Polish: MS
Ms in Portuguese: MS
Ms in Kölsch: MS (Watt ėßß datt?)
Ms in Russian: MS
Ms in Slovak: MS
Ms in Slovenian: MS
Ms in Finnish: Ms
Ms in Vietnamese: MS
Ms in Turkish: M.S.
Ms in Chinese: MS

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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