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[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. 2016.
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  • Mr. Stone aided in the establishment of several manufactories at this point.

  • If you get any honest enjoyment out of Mr. Ames, I'll get him up here often.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Mr. Bentham turned over some papers which lay upon the table before him.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "Go to my irrigation engineer, Mr. Ames," replied Jim shortly.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • "The moment we begin business in the morning," went on Mr. Pendergast.

Word Origin and History for Mr.

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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mister (Used as a courtesy title for a man)
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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