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sur

[sur] /sɜr/
preposition, Law.
1.
upon; on the basis of:
sur mortgage.
Origin of sur
< French < Latin super super-

Sur

[soo r] /sʊər/
noun
1.
a town in S Lebanon, on the Mediterranean Sea: site of ancient port of Tyre.

sur-1

1.
a prefix meaning “over, above,” “in addition,” occurring mainly in loanwords from French and partial calques of French words:
surcharge; surname; surrender; survive.
Compare super-.
Origin
Middle English < Old French < Latin super- super-

sur-2

1.
variant of sub- before r: surrogate.
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  • A survey of the internal history; ingenious, but as superficial as the Observations sur les Grecs by the same author.

    A Manual of Ancient History A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren
  • It is compounded of sur, over, and longe, a derivative of Lat.

  • This said strait is supposed to have passage into the sea of sur, which I leave unknown as yet.

  • "I works there, sur," said the girl, in a strong Irish accent.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
  • Avec des observations nouvelles sur la nature et sur les hommes.

    Extinct Birds Walter Rothschild
  • Do not misunderstand me, sur; I speak as a widder, sur—and who always will be—ah!

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • Assis sur son lit il dénouait, entre ses jambes, un bout de chiffon qui renfermait sa fortune.

    Histoires grises E. Edouard Tavernier
British Dictionary definitions for sur

Sur

/sʊə/
noun
1.
transliteration of the Arabic name for Tyre

sur-1

prefix
1.
over; above; beyond: surcharge, surrealism Compare super-
Word Origin
from Old French, from Latin super-

sur-2

prefix
1.
a variant of sub- surrogate
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Word Origin and History for sur

sur-

word-forming element meaning "over, above, beyond, in addition," especially in words from Anglo-French and Old French, from Old French sour-, sor-, sur-, from Latin super (see super-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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