term of address for a man
a title used before the name of knight or baronet
A man of a higher rank or position.
An address to a military superior of either sex.
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?
to address somebody using sir
Please don't sir me!
The titular prefix given to a knight or baronet
Origin: From sir, from sire, from senior, from senex. Compare sire, signor, seignior, señor.
a man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; -- in this sense usually spelled sire
a title prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or a baronet
an English rendering of the LAtin Dominus, the academical title of a bachelor of arts; -- formerly colloquially, and sometimes contemptuously, applied to the clergy
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
Origin: [OE. sire, F. sire, contr. from the nominative L. senior an elder, elderly person, compar. of senex,senis, an aged person; akin to Gr. old, Skr. sana, Goth. sineigs old, sinista eldest, Ir. & Gael. sean old, W. hen. Cf. Seignior, Senate, Seneschal, Senior, Senor, Signor, Sire, Sirrah.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sėr, n. a word of respect used in addressing a man: a gentleman: the title of a knight or baronet, used along with the Christian name and surname, as 'Sir David Pole:' formerly a common title of address for the clergy as a translation of L. dominus, the term used for a bachelor of arts, originally in contradistinction from the magister, or master of arts—hence Sir John=a priest.—v.t. to address as 'sir.' [O. Fr. sire, through O. Fr. senre, from L. senior, an elder, comp. of senex, old. Cf. the parallel forms Sire, Senior, Seignior, Signor.]
Sneeze in rag
Excuse me I'm about to sir in that rag over there
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'SIR' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #504
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'SIR' in Written Corpus Frequency: #603
Rank popularity for the word 'SIR' in Nouns Frequency: #199
The numerical value of SIR in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of SIR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- سيدي, سيد, حضرتك, أفندي, أستاذ, سيدي المحترمArabic
- спадар, панBelarusian
- κύριος, ΣέρGreek
- monsieur, seigneurFrench
- המפקד, אדוניHebrew
- श्री, महोदय, श्रीमान, साहिब, सरHindi
- uram, úrHungarian
- サー, だんな, だんな様Japanese
- 선생님, 씨Korean
- господине, господинMacedonian
- heer, meneer, mijnheerDutch
- domnule, domnRomanian
- господин, сэр, товарищ, сударьRussian
- beyefendi, komutanım, efendimTurkish
- пан, серUkrainian
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