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[seen-yawr, -yohr, sin-yawr, -yohr; Italian see-nyawr]
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noun, plural si·gnors, Italian si·gno·ri [see-nyaw-ree] /siˈnyɔ ri/.
  1. a conventional Italian term of address or title of respect for a man, either used separately or prefixed to the name. Abbreviation: Sig., sig.
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Also signior.

Origin of signor

From Italian, dating back to 1570–80; see origin at 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/.
  1. a conventional Italian title of respect for a man, usually used separately; signor.
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Origin of signore

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


[sin-yawr-ey, -yohr-ey; Italian see-nyaw-re]
  1. a plural of signora.
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Related Words for signori

sir, man, Esquire, monsieur, signor

Examples from the Web for signori

Historical Examples of signori

  • So we sat down to supper, and pretended to be signori just for that one evening.

    Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885


  • The Signori Inglesi would require their midday meal presently.

  • But the Signori Nobili must have everything after their own new fashions.

    The Royal Pawn of Venice

    Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull

  • They have a notion that it is the function in life of the Signori to amuse themselves.

    New Italian sketches

    John Addington Symonds

  • O Signori, impossibile; that I should be guilty of such an act!

    The Three Midshipmen

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for signori



noun plural -gnors or -gnori (Italian -ˈɲori)
  1. an Italian man: usually used before a name as a title equivalent to Mr
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noun plural -ri (-rɪ, Italian -ri)
  1. an Italian man: a title of respect equivalent to sir
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Word Origin for signore

Italian, ultimately from Latin senior an elder, from senex an old man
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Word Origin and History for signori



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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