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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
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  • Herr Pastor has other functions than to preach to the living.

  • 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.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • I have spoken for you to Herr Wilibald Pirkheimer about the instrument you wanted to have.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
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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