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signor

[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)
1.
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
1570-1580
1570-80; < Italian; see signore1
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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

signor

/ˈsiːnjɔː; Italian siɲˈɲor/
noun (pl) -gnors, -gnori (Italian) (-ˈɲori)
1.
an Italian man: usually used before a name as a title equivalent to Mr
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Word Origin and History for signor
n.

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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