Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Used as a courtesy title for a man in an Italian-speaking area, equivalent to Mr.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An Italian lord or gentleman; specifically, a member of a class or body of ruling magistrates or senators in one of the old Italian republics.
  • noun Hence A lord or gentleman in general; a man of aristocratic rank or associations.
  • noun [capitalized] An Italian title of respect or address for a man, contracted from Signore before a name, equivalent to Señor in Spanish, Senhor in Portuguese, Monsieur or M. in French, Mister or Mr. in English, Herr in German, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Sir; Mr.; -- a title of address or respect among the Italians. Before a noun the form is Signor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A courtesy title used to a man of Italian origin.

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

  • noun used as an Italian courtesy title; can be prefixed to the name or used separately

Etymologies

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

[Italian, variant of signore; see signore.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Italian signor, apocopic form of signore.

Examples

  • The signor is a good friend of the young milord and miladi? "questioned the landlord, deferentially, but very anxiously; for just then it flashed upon his memory that two years previous another grand" signor, "of reverend age like this one, had come inquiring about the young pair, and had ended in breaking up their union for the time.

    The Lost Lady of Lone

  • His father was only rarely called "signor," despite the fact that in recent years Cristoforo's earnings had allowed Domenico Colombo to prosper, moving the weaving shop to larger quarters and wearing finer clothing and riding a horse like a gentleman and buying a few small houses outside the city walls so he could play the landlord.

    Pastwatch, the Redemtion of Christopher Columbus

  • I have been lucky, thus far and both places I rented did not require the signor, but most do.

    Semi-Scheming Way to TJ

  • I have been lucky, thus far and both places I rented did not require the signor, but most do.

    Semi-Scheming Way to TJ

  • I have been lucky, thus far and both places I rented did not require the signor, but most do.

    Semi-Scheming Way to TJ

  • I have been lucky, thus far and both places I rented did not require the signor, but most do.

    Semi-Scheming Way to TJ

  • I have been lucky, thus far and both places I rented did not require the signor, but most do.

    Semi-Scheming Way to TJ

  • I have been lucky, thus far and both places I rented did not require the signor, but most do.

    Semi-Scheming Way to TJ

  • I have been lucky, thus far and both places I rented did not require the signor, but most do.

    Semi-Scheming Way to TJ

  • I have been lucky, thus far and both places I rented did not require the signor, but most do.

    Semi-Scheming Way to TJ

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