[ bar-uh-ni-tahyz ]
/ ˈbær ə nɪˌtaɪz /
verb (used with object), bar·on·et·ized, bar·on·et·iz·ing.
“Sir” And “Madam” Are Shorter Versions Of What Words?Let’s say you want to get the attention of a male clerk in the produce section of the grocery store. Would you say, “Excuse me sire, but could you please explain the difference between a yam and a sweet potato?” (For the answer to that question, read this.) Addressing a stranger as “sire” might raise an eyebrow. But if you said it, you wouldn’t necessarily …
Also especially British, bar·on·et·ise.
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