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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. 2018.
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/ˈsiːnjɔː; Italian siɲˈɲor/
noun (pl) -gnors, -gnori (Italian) (-ˈɲori)
an Italian man: usually used before a name as a title equivalent to Mr
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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.

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