from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Used as an honorific before the given name or the full name of baronets and knights.
- noun Used as a form of polite address for a man.
- noun Used as a salutation in a letter.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To address as “sir.”
- To use the word sir.
- noun A master; lord; sovereign.
- noun A person of rank or importance; a personage; a gentleman.
- noun Master; mister: a respectful and formal title of address, used formerly to men of superior rank, position, or age, and now to men of equal rank, or without regard to rank, as a mere term of address, without etymological significance.
- noun Specifically— A title of honor prefixed to the Christian names of knights and baronets, and formerly applied also to those of higher rank, as the king; it was also prefixed occasionally to the title of rank itself: as, Sir King; Sir Knight; Sir Herald.
- noun (b ) Formerly, a title of a bachelor of arts; hence, a title given to a clergyman; also, a clergyman.
- noun A Persian measure of weight, equal to 16 miskals or ounces troy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete A man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; -- in this sense usually spelled
- noun A title prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or a baronet.
- noun An English rendering of the LAtin
Dominus, the academical title of a bachelor of arts; -- formerly colloquially, and sometimes contemptuously, applied to the clergy.
- noun A respectful title, used in addressing a man, without being prefixed to his name; -- used especially in speaking to elders or superiors; sometimes, also, used in the way of emphatic formality.
- noun See under
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A man of a higher
- noun An address to a military
superiorof either sex.
- noun An address to any
male, especially if his nameor proper addressis unknown.
- verb to address somebody using sir
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun term of address for a man
- noun a title used before the name of knight or baronet
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
"He read, sir," rejoined Pott, laying his hand on Mr. Pickwick's knee and looking round with a smile of intellectual superiority, "he read for metaphysics under the letter _M_, and for China under the letter _C_, and _combined his information_, _sir_."
Pickwickian Studies Percy Hethrington Fitzgerald 1879
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And I stood up and tapped him on the shoulder and I said, 'Hey sir, is everything okay?'
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God, sir, is most definitely guiding and protecting your steps.
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