[her; English hair]

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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Examples from the Web for herr

Contemporary Examples of herr

Historical Examples of herr

  • Herr Pastor has other functions than to preach to the living.

  • And Herr Winkleman is equal to you; you have said so yourself.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • "Herr von Holzen is the most important person," replied Roden.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Herr Erasmus has given me a small Spanish mantilla and three men's portraits.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • I have spoken for you to Herr Wilibald Pirkheimer about the instrument you wanted to have.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

British Dictionary definitions for herr


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


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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