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[seen-yawr, -yohr, sin-yawr, -yohr; Italian see-nyawr] /ˈsin yɔr, -yoʊr, sɪnˈyɔr, -ˈyoʊr; Italian siˈnyɔr/
noun, plural signors Italian, signori
[see-nyaw-ree] /siˈnyɔ ri/ (Show IPA)
a conventional Italian term of address or title of respect for a man, either used separately or prefixed to the name.
Abbreviation: Sig., sig.
Also, signior.
Origin of signor
From Italian, dating back to 1570-80; See origin at signore1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The above are the only Pupils of the late celebrated signor Grimaldi.

    Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi Joseph Grimaldi
  • This, of course, did not meet with the approval of signor d'Annunzio.

  • signor Selva, whom you perhaps know, has gone to the chemist's.

    The Saint Antonio Fogazzaro
  • Yes, the signor was in, the girl replied, leading us back into the workshop.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Under the same ceiling, in the snug little room thus divided off, sat signor Fortini himself.

    A Siren Thomas Adolphus Trollope
  • “Pardon me, but I do so, signor Rayne,” laughed the dark-eyed man.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • Si, signor—we will vote for the signorina—and you, too, is it not so?

    The Fall of a Nation Thomas Dixon
  • signor Wagner, a wealthy German, was the reply given by a sbirro.

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf George W. M. Reynolds
  • signor Ralli was then concealed in the house of an Englishman.

  • Your brother, signor, is come to visit you, said the turnkey.

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf George W. M. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for signor


/ˈsiːnjɔː; Italian siɲˈɲor/
noun (pl) -gnors, -gnori (Italian) (-ˈɲori)
an Italian man: usually used before a name as a title equivalent to Mr
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for signor

an Italian lord or gentleman, 1570s, from Italian signore, from Latin seniorem, accusative of senior (see senior (adj.)). Feminine form signora is from 1630s; diminutive signorina is first recorded 1820.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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