[ seen-yawr, -yohr, sin-yawr, -yohr; Italian see-nyawr ]
/ ˈsin yɔr, -yoʊr, sɪnˈyɔr, -ˈyoʊr; Italian siˈnyɔr /

noun, plural si·gnors, Italian si·gno·ri [see-nyaw-ree] /siˈnyɔ ri/.

a conventional Italian term of address or title of respect for a man, either used separately or prefixed to the name. Abbreviation: Sig., sig.


Nearby words

  1. signify,
  2. signifying,
  3. signing,
  4. signior,
  5. signiory,
  6. signora,
  7. signore,
  8. signorelli,
  9. signorelli, luca,
  10. signoret

Also signior.

Origin of signor

From Italian, dating back to 1570–80; see origin at signore1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for signor

British Dictionary definitions for signor



/ (ˈsiːnjɔː, Italian siɲˈɲor) /

noun plural -gnors or -gnori (Italian -ˈɲori)

an Italian man: usually used before a name as a title equivalent to Mr
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Word Origin and History for signor



an Italian lord or gentleman, 1570s, from Italian signore, from Latin seniorem, accusative of senior (see senior (adj.)). Feminine form signora is from 1630s; diminutive signorina is first recorded 1820.

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