Definitions

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.

Etymologies

Dutch mijnheer : mijn, my (from Middle Dutch; see me-1 in Indo-European roots) + heer, lord (from Middle Dutch here).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch mynheer, mijnheer (Wiktionary)

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  • As a polite or respectful form of address to a Dutchman or an Afrikaner: sir, mister (Mr). Also used as a title or sometimes substituted for the name of the man or the pronoun that would stand for this. (In Brit. use, often humorous or ironic.)

    A Dutchman, an Afrikaner; esp. one who is a gentleman. Occas. collectively: the Dutch, the Afrikaners.

    August 6, 2008