from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used as a courtesy title before the name of a man in a Dutch-speaking area.
- n. Used as a form of polite address for a man in a Dutch-speaking area.
- n. Informal A Dutchman.
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- n. Sir.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Dutch equivalent of Mr. or Sir; hence, a Dutchman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ordinary title of address among Dutchmen, corresponding to mein herr among Germans, and to sir or Mr. in English use.
- n. A Dutchman.
The valiant "mynheer," whose courage, by means of schnapps, had been screwed up to the sticking point, made all sail after the enemy, and caused a double portion of the stimulating article to be served out to his crew.
“Well, mynheer, you have only to pay the difference, and the ketch will do; the bilander sails almost as fast.”
Urged forward, Emily entered the house, smiling shyly at the man who wished her a dignified "Good day 'in English and added," I shall fetch mevrouw: you are expected, mynheer.
"Now, wait a moment, mynheer," says he, but I was ahead of him again.
"If you're wise, mynheer, you'll make the most of that."
A bloody battle was now certain to take place, and mynheer, combining discretion with valor, took in his light sails, and got his ship into a condition to be easily handled ..
The buccaneer haughtily challenged mynheer to fight the battle over again -- stipulating that his consort should stand aloof from the engagement, and, that should the Dutchman conquer, both the pirate vessels should be his.
The most benevolent-looking mynheer might, as likely as not, be a kultured Hun.
None of these was in sight, however, as we strolled the streets, but we did disturb the chat or gossip of two delightful, apple cheeked old ladies in white caps, who became dumb with astonishment at the sight of two foreigners who walked about gazing up at the roofs and windows of the houses, and at the mynheer in knickerbockers who was always looking about him and writing in a little book.
There, the skate is almost on: quick, mynheer, fasten it.
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