Origin of sir
Examples from the Web for sir
Now that he was Sir Alfred, there was one final blast of publicity.
After his knighthood, I stop by to see him and call him Sir Alfred.
De Mena offers me a glass of Sir Francis Drake, Casa Bruja's red ale.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sir Bob, 63, responded with his usual colorful language to his critics.
New York University was not thunderstruck by the news that Sir Harold Acton had left the school his estate when he died in 1994.In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU|Anthony Haden-Guest|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then the conversation ended, and the morning passed without the coming of Sir Francis.Kept in the Dark|Anthony Trollope
Sir Robert knitted his brows for a moment, and then decided on his course of action.A Butterfly on the Wheel|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
“On deck, sir,” replied the big boatswain, touching his cap to the principal.Up The Baltic|Oliver Optic
"It would take a three-inch field piece, sir, to make an impression on this wall of dirt," smiled Sergeant Hal.Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines|H. Irving Hancock
Not Washington, sir, nor General Jackson, though we can procure you in a very short time fine portraits of both these 'eroes.The Golden Butterfly|Walter Besant
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Word Origin for sir
British Dictionary definitions for sir (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for sir
c.1300, title of honor of a knight or baronet (until 17c. also a title of priests), variant of sire, originally used only in unstressed position. Generalized as a respectful form of address by mid-14c.; used as a salutation at the beginning of letters from early 15c.