Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. Hence A lord or gentleman in general; a man of aristocratic rank or associations.
  • n. [capitalized] An Italian title of respect or address for a man, contracted from Signore before a name, equivalent to Se├▒or in Spanish, Senhor in Portuguese, Monsieur or M. in French, Mister or Mr. in English, Herr in German, etc.

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

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

Etymologies

Italian, variant of signore; see signore.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian signor, apocopic form of signore. (Wiktionary)

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

  • The courts have allowed the initial signed authorization to carry life/death insurance on the life of another to continue until the signor dies.

    What could go wrong? (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • After a week or so, the dealer calls to say your financing was denied and that you must accept a higher rate, make a larger down-payment, find a co-signor, or return the vehicle.

    How to avoid hidden traps in dealer-financed auto loans

  • Banks ask for a co-signor to the loan typically a parent -- and for 100% collateral to cover the loan even when it contravenes government rules.

    How to Pay for IIMA or Harvard

  • You have to give the usual list of documents to support the fact that you do have admission to the particular school, your and the co-signor's bank account and income tax statements, proof of residence, and statement of assets and liabilities.

    How to Pay for IIMA or Harvard

  • Si, signor -- I am Polto, the first man of Earth to land alive on Venus.

    "The Morons" by Harl Vincent, part 1

  • In Dannan, the court held that a party is precluded from alleging the defense of fraudulent inducement when the contract signed includes a disclaimer that no fraudulent statements were relied upon by the signor in entering into the contract.

    Federal Decisions

  • Ordine et officij de casa de lo illustrissimo signor duca de Urbino.

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

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