[ sur-rev-er-uh ns ]
/ ˌsɜrˈrɛv ər əns /

noun Obsolete.

(used as an expression of apology, as before unseemly or indelicate words.)

Origin of sir-reverence

First recorded in 1565–75; alteration of save your reverence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sir-reverence

  • A very reverent body; ay, such a one as a man 90 may not speak of, without he say Sir-reverence.

    The Comedy of Errors|William Shakespeare

British Dictionary definitions for sir-reverence



obsolete an expression of apology used esp to introduce taboo or vulgar words or phrases

Word Origin for sir-reverence

C16: short for save your reverence
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