- upon; on the basis of: sur mortgage.
Origin of sur
- a town in S Lebanon, on the Mediterranean Sea: site of ancient port of Tyre.
- a prefix meaning “over, above,” “in addition,” occurring mainly in loanwords from French and partial calques of French words: surcharge; surname; surrender; survive.
Origin of sur-1
- variant of sub- before r: surrogate.
Examples from the Web for sur
Contemporary Examples of sur
She has a spin-off show coming up, which is about this place, Sur.‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’: Brandi Glanville on Her Book, Kim and Kyle, & More
November 5, 2012
Two years ago, the CEO of Sur la Table told me that their cookbook business was the only segment that was shrinking.Food Friday: Why Do We Buy Cookbooks?
October 19, 2012
How did Cedric, your former close friend and current tormentor, get into the SUR party?‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Lisa Vanderpump Dishes
February 6, 2012
Historical Examples of sur
Do not misunderstand me, sur; I speak as a widder, sur—and who always will be—ah!Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
It is compounded of sur, over, and longe, a derivative of Lat.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
"I works there, sur," said the girl, in a strong Irish accent.The Young Bridge-Tender
Arthur M. Winfield
Sur mon ame, I think she asks too much—far more than she is worth.The Parisians, Complete
By the way, have you anything new by the author of Sur Anne?Le Cocu (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVIII)
Charles Paul de Kock
- transliteration of the Arabic name for Tyre
- over; above; beyondsurcharge; surrealism Compare super-
Word Origin for sur-
- a variant of sub- surrogate
Word Origin and History for sur
word-forming element meaning "over, above, beyond, in addition," especially in words from Anglo-French and Old French, from Old French sour-, sor-, sur-, from Latin super (see super-).