\ ˈsər How to pronounce sir (audio) \

Definition of sir

1a : 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
2a used as a usually respectful form of address
b capitalized used as a conventional form of address in the salutation of a letter

Examples of sir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mayor Byron Brown of Buffalo, thank you so much, sir. NBC News, 15 May 2022 No offense sir, but was wondering what’d the situation be if my response was typed in Kannada!! Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 28 Apr. 2022 Foreign Minister Kuleba, welcome to Meet the Press, sir. NBC News, 10 Apr. 2022 Hardworking Gentlemen | Natural Body Wash Are you, good sir, a gentleman of quality, work ethic, and uncompromising taste? The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Mar. 2022 Nice try, sir, but this only makes Susie feel worse. Kristen Baldwin,, 9 Mar. 2022 No sir, and the reason is, different audiences treat music differently than 50 years ago. Mark Elibert, Billboard, 14 Feb. 2022 Government, welcome back to Meet the Press, sir. GOV. NBC News, 19 Dec. 2021 Defeated, Roman, Kendall, and Shiv look around to determine who could have possibly betrayed them, and lo and behold, sir Tom Wambsgans himself walks into the room, receiving a hearty pat on the back from daddy. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sir

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sir

Middle English, from sire

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18 May 2022

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“Sir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ ˈsər How to pronounce sir (audio) \

Kids Definition of sir

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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