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[her; English hair] /hɛr; English hɛər/
noun, plural Herren
[her-uh n; English hair-uh n] /ˈhɛr ən; English ˈhɛər ən/ (Show IPA)
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
From German Unabridged
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  • That's a pity, for you could have chatted with Herr Ignaz in it.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • Herr Gluck rose and shook his plump fist in Uncle Denny's face.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • The two men consulted for a moment and then Herr Windt's voice was heard.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • “Not if Herr Groben succeeds in carrying out his intention,” she answered.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • Herr Seelenfromm, assistant to the apothecary Pflaum, had taught her.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
British Dictionary definitions for Herr


/German hɛr/
noun (pl) Herren (ˈhɛrən)
a German man: used before a name as a title equivalent to Mr
Word Origin
German, from Old High German herro lord
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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.

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