[sin-yawr-uh, -yohr-uh; Italian see-nyaw-rah]

noun, plural si·gno·ras, Italian si·gno·re [see-nyaw-re] /siˈnyɔ rɛ/.

a conventional Italian term of address or title of respect for a married woman, either used separately or prefixed to the name.

Origin of signora

1630–40; < Italian; feminine of signore signore1


[sin-yawr-ey, -yohr-ey; Italian see-nyaw-re]

noun, plural si·gno·ri [sin-yawr-ee, -yohr-ee; Italian see-nyaw-ree] /sɪnˈyɔr i, -ˈyoʊr i; Italian siˈnyɔ ri/.

a conventional Italian title of respect for a man, usually used separately; signor.

Origin of signore

1585–95; < Italian < Latin senior; see senior


[sin-yawr-ey, -yohr-ey; Italian see-nyaw-re]


a plural of signora. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for signore's


noun plural -ras or -re (Italian -re)

a married Italian woman: a title of address equivalent to Mrs when placed before a name or madam when used alone

Word Origin for signora

Italian, feminine of signore


noun plural -ri (-rɪ, Italian -ri)

an Italian man: a title of respect equivalent to sir

Word Origin for signore

Italian, ultimately from Latin senior an elder, from senex an old man
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