- the conventional German title of respect and term of address for a man, corresponding to Mr. or in direct address to sir.
Origin of Herr
Examples from the Web for herr
The email was sent from a private PC that did not belong to Herr Wannabe.The CIA’s Bumbling German Spy Was More Austin Powers and Less James Bond
Christopher Dickey, Nadette De Visser
July 8, 2014
Herr Doktor, of course, is the notorious Josef Mengele of Auschwitz, on the run from justice.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’
May 12, 2014
She greeted him saying, “Herr Dr. Heim, what are you doing here?”Hunting Down Aribert Heim, Egypt’s Hidden Nazi
Nicholas Kulish, Souad Mekhennet
March 24, 2014
The written word has no greater champion than Herr Besofsky from Galicia.Joseph Roth’s Letters Reveal a Great Forgotten Writer
February 10, 2012
Herr Glock then cleverly marketed these attributes to police departments in the United States.‘Glock’ by Paul Barrett: Interview and Excerpt
The Daily Beast
January 8, 2012
Herr Pastor has other functions than to preach to the living.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
And Herr Winkleman is equal to you; you have said so yourself.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
"Herr von Holzen is the most important person," replied Roden.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
Herr Erasmus has given me a small Spanish mantilla and three men's portraits.
I have spoken for you to Herr Wilibald Pirkheimer about the instrument you wanted to have.
- a German man: used before a name as a title equivalent to Mr
Word Origin and History for herr
German equivalent of Mr., 1650s, originally "nobler, superior," from Middle High German herre, from Old High German herro, comparative of her "noble, worthy, exalted," from PIE *kei-, a color adjective, in suffixed form *koi-ro- here meaning "gray, hoary," hence "gray-haired, venerable." Cognate with Old Frisian hera, Dutch heer; perhaps in this usage a loan-translation of Latin senior. Hence also Herrenvolk "master race," in Nazi ideology, the concept of the German people.