[ sur ]
/ sɜr /
a respectful or formal term of address used to a man: No, sir.
(initial capital letter) the distinctive title of a knight or baronet: Sir Walter Scott.
(initial capital letter) a title of respect for some notable personage of ancient times: Sir Pandarus of Troy.
a lord or gentleman: noble sirs and ladies.
an ironic or humorous title of respect: sir critic.
Archaic. a title of respect used before a noun to designate profession, rank, etc.: sir priest; sir clerk.
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Origin of sir
1250–1300; Middle English; unstressed variant of sire
Words nearby sir
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British Dictionary definitions for sir's (1 of 2)
/ (sɜː) /
a formal or polite term of address for a man
archaic a gentleman of high social status
Word Origin for sir
C13: variant of sire
British Dictionary definitions for sir's (2 of 2)
/ (sɜː) /
a title of honour placed before the name of a knight or baronetSir Walter Raleigh
archaic a title placed before the name of a figure from ancient history
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