Sense: 1-4, 7
Date: 1600-1700
Origin: mistress
Sense: 5-6
Date: 1200-1300
Origin: MISS1


2 noun
miss2 S2


used in front of the family name of a woman who is not married to address her politely, to write to her, or to talk about her [↪ Mrs, Ms, Mr]:
I'd like to make an appointment with Miss Taylor.
! Some unmarried women prefer to be addressed as Ms because it does not draw attention to whether or not they are married.see also note at Mr

Miss Italy/Ohio/World etc

used to refer to a woman who represents a country, city etc in a beauty competition

young woman

spoken used as a polite way of speaking to a young woman when you do not know her name [↪ madam, sir]:
Excuse me, miss, you've dropped your umbrella.


British English spoken used by children when speaking to a female teacher, whether she is married or not [↪ sir]:
I know the answer, Miss.

give something a miss

British English informal to decide not to do something:
I'd better give the coffee a miss. I'm due at a meeting in half an hour.

not hit/catch

[countable] an occasion when you fail to hit, catch, or hold something:
Will he score a goal this time? No, no it's a miss.

young girl

[countable] British English spoken a young girl, especially one who has been bad or rude:
She's a cheeky little miss.

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