views updated May 14 2018

Mad·e·moi·selle / ˌmad(ə)m(w)əˈzel; mamˈzel/ • n. (pl. Mes·de·moi·selles / ˌmād(ə)m(w)əˈzel(z)/ ) a title or form of address used of or to an unmarried French-speaking woman: Mademoiselle Rossignol thank you, Mademoiselle. ∎  (mademoiselle) a young Frenchwoman. ∎  (mademoiselle) dated a French governess. ∎  (mademoiselle) a female French teacher in an English-speaking school.


views updated Jun 11 2018

Mademoiselle ★★ 1966

Moreau is a psychotic, sexually repressed school teacher in a small village who manages to keep herself under control until studly woodcutter Manni and his son take up residence. The locals distrust the stranger but Moreau can't wait to get her hands on him. Suddenly, the village is battered by a rash of poisonings, fires, and floods, all of which are blamed on Manni, leading the locals to exact a terrible vengeance. In French with English subtitles. 105m/B VHS, DVD . FR GB Jeanne Moreau, Ettore Manni, Umberto Orsini, Keith Skinner, Jane Berretta, Mony Rey; D: Tony Richardson; W: Jean Genet; C: David Watkin.


views updated May 23 2018

mademoiselle title applied to an unmarried Frenchwoman, miss. XVII. — F.; ma my, demoiselle young woman (see DAMSEL).