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  1. Denis Wilson's Avatar

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    Smile When to use the term Ms. or Miss

    Does Ms. refer to a single or divorced or widowed woman?

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    Re: When to use the term Ms. or Miss

    [Not a teacher.]

    Miss (TITLE) noun
    1 a title or form of address for a girl or a woman who has never been married:
    Dr White will see you now, Miss Carter.
    Miss Helena Lewis
    Compare Ms; Mrs.
    2 OLD-FASHIONED used as a form of address for a girl or young woman who does not appear to be married:
    Excuse me, Miss, could you tell me the way to the station?
    3 MAINLY UK sometimes used by children to address teachers who are women:
    Can I go to the toilet, Miss?
    4 When a woman wins a beauty competition, she is often given the title Miss and the name of the place that she represents:
    Miss India/UK
    the Miss World contest
    5 UK OLD-FASHIONED miss a girl or young woman, especially one who behaves rudely or shows no respect:
    You're a cheeky little miss! Apologize at once.
    Ms (TITLE) noun [U]
    a title used before the family name or the full name of a woman, whether she is married or not:
    Ms Hill/Ms Paula Hill
    [as form of address] What can I do for you, Ms Wood?
    The definitions are from Cambridge Dictionary. I think these are clear enough.


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    Re: When to use the term Ms. or Miss

    Basically, the answer is no - it does not refer to divorce.

    It is a form developed by those people who resented being pigeonholed by the titles Mrs[= married (or divorced)] and Miss [= unmarried].

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