from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The male head of a household.
- n. A husband.
- n. Archaic Used formerly as a courtesy title before the surname of a man not of noble birth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A familiar appellation of civility.
- n. A husband; the master of a house or family.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A familiar appellation of civility, equivalent to “My friend”, “Good sir”, “Mister;” -- sometimes used ironically.
- n. A husband; the master of a house or family; -- often used in speaking familiarly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The man of the house; master; husband; head of a family.
- n. A familiar appellation of civility; a term of respect, frequently used to or of a person before his surname: nearly equivalent to Mr. or sometimes to gaffer. It was sometimes used ironically.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. United States clarinetist who in 1934 formed a big band (including black as well as white musicians) and introduced a kind of jazz known as swing (1909-1986)
From Middle English godeman, equivalent to good + man. (Wiktionary)