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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Used as a courtesy title in a German-speaking area, prefixed to the surname or professional title of a man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A title of respect given to gentlemen in Germany, equivalent to the English Mister.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lord; master: used in German as a title of respectful or conventional address, either prefixed to the name like the equivalent Mister (Mr.) in English, as Herr Braun, Mr. Brown, or without the name and usually with the possessive pronoun ‘my,’ as mein Herr, literally ‘my lord,’ equivalent to English sir, or plural meine Herren, equivalent to English gentlemen. The Dutch form heer is similarly used. See mynheer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a German man; used before the name as a title equivalent to Mr in English
  • n. a German courtesy title or form of address for a man

Etymologies

German, from Middle High German hērre, from Old High German hērro, lord, master, alteration of hēriro, older, more venerable, comparative of hēr, proud, holy, splendid, noble.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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