- mister: a title of respect prefixed to a man's name or position: Mr. Lawson; Mr. President.
- a title prefixed to a mock surname that is used to represent possession of a particular attribute, identity, etc., especially in an idealized or excessive way: Mr. Democrat; Mr. Perfect; Mr. Macho.
- plural of Mr.
Examples from the Web for messrs
Messrs de Neufvilles of Amsterdam had accepted some of them.
It was, so to speak, rediscovered by Messrs Busk and Falconer.Prehistoric Man
W. L. H. Duckworth
In our country there is we believe only one, that of Messrs Field.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The delicacy of the circumstances was appreciated by Messrs Sotheby and Co.The Confessions of a Collector
William Carew Hazlitt
For this, the owners, Messrs Lichtwald, were for ever disqualified from racing.The History of Gambling in England
- the plural of Mr
Word Origin and History for messrs
abbreviation of messieurs (1620s), which is the plural of French monsieur (see monsieur).
mid-15c., abbreviation of master (n.); also see mister. Used from 1814 with a following noun or adjective, to denote "the exemplar or embodiment of that quality" (e.g. Mr. Right "the only man a woman wishes to marry," 1826; Mr. Fix-It, 1912; Mr. Big, 1940). The plural Messrs. (1779) is an abbreviation of French messieurs, plural of monsieur, used in English to supply the plural of Mr., which is lacking.