[seyn-yawr, -yohr, seen-; Spanish se-nyawr]
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noun, plural se·ñors, Spanish se·ño·res [se-nyaw-res] /sɛˈnyɔ rɛs/.
  1. a Spanish term of address equivalent to sir or Mr., used alone or capitalized and prefixed to the name of a man. Abbreviation: Sr.

Origin of señor

1615–25; < Spanish < Vulgar Latin *senior. See senior Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for senor

sir, man, Esquire, monsieur, signor

Examples from the Web for senor

Contemporary Examples of senor

Historical Examples of senor

  • Today, senor, through your own heedlessness you were bitten by a venomous snake.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • If you are not with us in this thing, then, senor, here we must remain.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • It was eleven o'clock in the morning, Senor Speranza was in bed and could not be disturbed.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • "Fortuna de guerra, senor capitan," said he in fluent Spanish.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • "A hand grenade, Senor," he said in wholly unnatural levity.

British Dictionary definitions for senor


noun plural -ñors or -ñores (Spanish -ˈɲores)
  1. a Spaniard or Spanish-speaking man: a title of address equivalent to Mr when placed before a name or sir when used alone

Word Origin for señor

Spanish, from Latin senior an older man, senior
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Word Origin and History for senor

1620s, from Spanish señor "a gentleman; sir," from Latin seniorem (source also of Portuguese senhor; see senior (adj.)).

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