noun (1)
mis·​ter | \ ˈmi-stər How to pronounce mister (audio) , for sense 1 ˌmi-stər or in rapid speech (ˌ)mis(t)\

Definition of mister

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : mr. used sometimes in writing instead of Mr.
2 : sir used without a name as a generalized term of direct address of a man who is a stranger hey, mister, do you want to buy a paper
3 : husband


noun (2)
mist·​er | \ ˈmi-stər How to pronounce mister (audio) \

Definition of mister (Entry 2 of 2)

: a device for spraying a mist

First Known Use of mister

Noun (1)

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mister

Noun (1)

alteration of master entry 1

Noun (2)

mist entry 2 + -er entry 2

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mis·​ter | \ ˈmi-stər How to pronounce mister (audio) \

Kids Definition of mister

1 capitalized used sometimes in writing instead of the usual Mr.
2 : sir sense 1 Do you want a paper, mister?

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