sir

noun \ ˈsər \

Definition of sir

1 a : a man entitled to be addressed as sir used as a title before the given name of a knight or baronet and formerly sometimes before the given name of a priest
b : a man of rank or position
2 a used as a usually respectful form of address
b capitalized used as a conventional form of address in the salutation of a letter

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Origin and Etymology of sir

Middle English, from sire


SIR Defined for English Language Learners

sir

noun

Definition of sir for English Language Learners

  • —used without a name as a form of polite address to a man of rank or authority (such as a military or police officer, teacher, or master)

  • Sir —used without a name as a form of address at the beginning of a formal letter

  • Sir —used as a title before the name of a knight or baronet


SIR Defined for Kids

sir

noun \ ˈsər \

Definition of sir for Students

1 used without a name as a form of polite address to a man
  • May I help you, sir?
2 capitalized used as a title before the given name of a knight or a baronet
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
3 capitalized used without a name as a form of address at the beginning of a letter


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