Definitions for SIRsɜr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a respectful or formal term of address used to a man: a formal term of address used in the salutation of a letter.

    No, sir.

  2. (cap.) the distinctive title of a knight or baronet:

    Sir Walter Scott.

  3. a lord or gentleman:

    noble sirs and ladies.

  4. an ironic or humorous title of respect:

    sir critic.

  5. Archaic. a title of respect used before a noun to designate profession, rank, etc.:

    sir priest; sir clerk.

Origin of sir:

1250–1300; ME; unstressed var. of sire

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sir(noun)

    term of address for a man

  2. Sir(noun)

    a title used before the name of knight or baronet

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sir(noun)ɜr

    a polite way of addressing a man you do not know

    Excuse me, sir. You dropped something.

  2. sirɜr

    a respectful way of addressing a man who is above you in rank or authority

    "That's an order, sergeant!" "Yes, sir!"; "Do you love my daughter?" "Yes, sir, I do."

  3. sirɜr

    used before the name of a man who is a Knight

    Sir Elton John.

  4. sirɜr

    used to address a man in a letter when you do not know his name

    Dear Sir/Madam


  1. sir(Noun)

    A man of a higher rank or position.

  2. sir(Noun)

    An address to a military superior of either sex.

    Yes sir.

  3. sir(Noun)

    An address to any male, especially if his name or proper address is unknown.

    Excuse me, sir, could you tell me where the nearest bookstore is?

  4. sir(Verb)

    to address somebody using sir

    Please don't sir me!

  5. Sir(Noun)

    The titular prefix given to a knight or baronet

  6. Origin: From sir, from sire, from senior, from senex. Compare sire, signor, seignior, señor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sir(noun)

    a man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; -- in this sense usually spelled sire

  2. Sir(noun)

    a title prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or a baronet

  3. Sir(noun)

    an English rendering of the LAtin Dominus, the academical title of a bachelor of arts; -- formerly colloquially, and sometimes contemptuously, applied to the clergy

  4. Sir(noun)

    a respectful title, used in addressing a man, without being prefixed to his name; -- used especially in speaking to elders or superiors; sometimes, also, used in the way of emphatic formality


  1. Sir

    Sir is an honorific address used as a courtesy title to address a man without using his given name or family name in many English speaking cultures. It is often used in formal correspondence. The term is often reserved for use only towards one of superior rank or status, such as an educator, or as a form of address from a merchant to a customer. Equivalent terms of address are "ma'am" or "madam" in most cases, or in the case of a very young woman, girl, or unmarried woman who prefers to be addressed as such, "miss". The equivalent term for a knighted woman is Dame, or "Lady" for the wife of a knight.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SIR' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #504

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SIR' in Written Corpus Frequency: #603

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SIR' in Nouns Frequency: #199

Translations for SIR

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a polite form of address (spoken or written) to a man

Excuse me, sir!; He started his letter `Dear Sirs, ...'.

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