American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of signor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See signor.
- n. Alternative form of signor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Sir; Mr. The English form and pronunciation for the Italian
Signorand the Spanish Señor.
- n. used as an Italian courtesy title; can be prefixed to the name or used separately
“We were very much caressed by the Spanish gentlemen of the country, and made the acquaintance of a certain English signior, who had been settled in those parts many years, and had acquired the love and esteem of the whole province.”
“Lipsius saith of himself, that he was  humani generis quidem paedagogus voce et stylo, a grand signior, a master, a tutor of us all, and for thirteen years he brags how he sowed wisdom in the Low Countries, as Ammonius the philosopher sometimes did in Alexandria,  cum humanitate literas et sapientiam cum prudentia: antistes sapientiae, he shall be Sapientum Octavus.”
“Welcome, signior: you are almost come to part almost a fray.”
“Old signior, walk aside with me: I have studied eight or nine wise words to speak to you, which these hobby-horses must not hear.”
“I would be loath to have you overflown with a honey-bag, signior.”
“Cairo, which the aga had in a bag, to be presented to the grand signior at Constantinople.”
“The sayd Siotis sayd nay, and that he would giue it himselfe, and speake with him: and sayd that he had also a letter of the Grand signior, for the lord master.”
“Albanese that was fled thorow the breach of Spaine to the campe, came from the sayd Genouois proposing such words, or like as the other had sayd, saying likewise that the Grand signior had sent a letter to the lord master.”
“He is a grave and reverend signior, with rosary in hand and Koran on lip, is generally a pilgrim, talks at dreary length about Holy Places, writes a pretty hand, has read and can recite much poetry, is master of his religion, demeans himself with respectability, is perfect in all points of ceremony and politeness, and feels equally at home whether sultan or slave sit upon his counter.”
“In person, he can summon up the look of a 'most potent, grave and reverend signior,' only 'to discard it in a flash when laughter looms.”
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