Herr

[ her; English hair ]
/ hɛr; English hɛər /
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noun, plural Her·ren [her-uh n; English hair-uh n] /ˈhɛr ən; English ˈhɛər ən/.

the conventional German title of respect and term of address for a man, corresponding to Mr. or in direct address to sir.

Origin of Herr

From German
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Herr

/ (German hɛr) /

noun plural Herren (ˈhɛrən)

a German man: used before a name as a title equivalent to Mr

Word Origin for Herr

German, from Old High German herro lord
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Word Origin and History for herr

Herr


German equivalent of Mr., 1650s, originally "nobler, superior," from Middle High German herre, from Old High German herro, comparative of her "noble, worthy, exalted," from PIE *kei-, a color adjective, in suffixed form *koi-ro- here meaning "gray, hoary," hence "gray-haired, venerable." Cognate with Old Frisian hera, Dutch heer; perhaps in this usage a loan-translation of Latin senior. Hence also Herrenvolk "master race," in Nazi ideology, the concept of the German people.

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