What are the plural forms of Mrs. and Ms.?
We have found that most sources use Mmes. and Mses. as the plural forms of Mrs. and Ms., respectively. The easiest way to show this is in a table:
|Source||Plural of Mrs.||Plural of Ms.|
|The Canadian Style||Mmes.|
|Gage Canadian Dictionary||Mrs.|
|Oxford Guide to Canadian English||Mmes.|
|Nelson Canadian Dictionary||Mms.||Mses., also Mss.|
|The Penguin Canadian Dictionary||Mmes.||Mses (no period)|
|The Globe and Mail Style Guide||Mses.|
Keep in mind that The Globe and Mail Style Guide advises us not to use plural honorifics because they "appear awkward and stilted." With two or three names, you should simply repeat the honorific. For example,
However, with a long list of names, it is better to use the plural forms of honorific titles. In such cases, you should opt for Mmes. (or Mesdames) as the plural of Mrs., and Mses. as the plural of Ms.