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signore1

[sin-yawr-ey, -yohr-ey; Italian see-nyaw-re]
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noun, plural si·gno·ri [sin-yawr-ee, -yohr-ee; Italian see-nyaw-ree] /sɪnˈyɔr i, -ˈyoʊr i; Italian siˈnyɔ ri/.
  1. a conventional Italian title of respect for a man, usually used separately; signor.
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Origin of signore1

1585–95; < Italian < Latin senior; see senior

signore2

[sin-yawr-ey, -yohr-ey; Italian see-nyaw-re]
noun
  1. a plural of signora.
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signora

[sin-yawr-uh, -yohr-uh; Italian see-nyaw-rah]
noun, plural si·gno·ras, Italian si·gno·re [see-nyaw-re] /siˈnyɔ rɛ/.
  1. a conventional Italian term of address or title of respect for a married woman, either used separately or prefixed to the name.
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Origin of signora

1630–40; < Italian; feminine of signore signore1
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Examples from the Web for signore

Historical Examples

  • He has the top floor—the one that Signore Almadi used to live in.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • "A rivederci, Signore," he added, pushing off the little boat.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • I have seen you pass by sometimes at the Mergellina, Signore.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • The Signorina is not the same, you are not the same, the French Signore is not the same.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • If you would like me to come, I will ask the Signore Marchese.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens


British Dictionary definitions for signore

signore

noun plural -ri (-rɪ, Italian -ri)
  1. an Italian man: a title of respect equivalent to sir
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Word Origin

Italian, ultimately from Latin senior an elder, from senex an old man

signora

noun plural -ras or -re (Italian -re)
  1. a married Italian woman: a title of address equivalent to Mrs when placed before a name or madam when used alone
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Word Origin

Italian, feminine of signore
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