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[mes-erz] /ˈmɛs ərz/
plural of Mr.


[mis-ter] /ˈmɪs tər/
plural Messrs.
[mes-erz] /ˈmɛs ərz/ (Show IPA)
mister: a title of respect prefixed to a man's name or position:
Mr. Lawson; Mr. President.
a title prefixed to a mock surname that is used to represent possession of a particular attribute, identity, etc., especially in an idealized or excessive way:
Mr. Democrat; Mr. Perfect; Mr. Macho. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At least it was worth while to look—which Messrs. Brock and Macshane determined to do.

    Catherine: A Story William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Messrs. Lount and Matthews were found guilty and sentenced to death.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • The complete apparatus, in a very portable form, can be bought at Messrs. Brown's, Piccadilly.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton
  • It is based on surveys executed in 1842, by Messrs. Gibson and Evershed.

  • These bags are exclusively made by Messrs. Lepard and Smiths after careful experiments.

    Paper-bag Cookery Vera Serkoff
  • She was shown at once into the inner sanctuary of Messrs. Levy & Son.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
Word Origin and History for Messrs.


mid-15c., abbreviation of master (n.); also see mister. Used from 1814 with a following noun or adjective, to denote "the exemplar or embodiment of that quality" (e.g. Mr. Right "the only man a woman wishes to marry," 1826; Mr. Fix-It, 1912; Mr. Big, 1940). The plural Messrs. (1779) is an abbreviation of French messieurs, plural of monsieur, used in English to supply the plural of Mr., which is lacking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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