sir

noun
\ 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 Ron Klain, chief of staff for President Biden, thank you for coming on and sharing your perspective, sir. NBC News, "Meet the Press - January 24, 2021," 24 Jan. 2021 So what has changed to suddenly put you on the side of questioning the results of this election, sir? NBC News, "Meet the Press - January 3, 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir. Star Tribune, "Even in the darkest of years, Christmas gives light," 24 Dec. 2020 Thanks for coming on and sharing your perspective, sir. NBC News, "Meet the Press - November 29, 2020," 29 Nov. 2020 Senator Cruz, congratulations on the book and welcome back to Meet the Press, sir. NBC News, "Meet the Press - October 11, 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 Senator Blunt, welcome back to Meet the Press, sir. NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 27, 2020," 27 Sep. 2020 Well, sir, does Netflix have an astronaut drama for you. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Please send Away back into space: Review," 28 Aug. 2020 No, sir, all due respect, the tragic mistakes were made on Jan. 22 and Feb. 23, and on Feb. 27 and March 10, when the president of the United States assured our country that the coronavirus was no big deal. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Football safe for Marion County kids, but not for Big Ten? What are we doing?," 11 Aug. 2020

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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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30 Jan 2021

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“Sir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sir. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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sir

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sir

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)
used without a name as a form of address at the beginning of a formal letter
used as a title before the name of a knight or baronet

sir

noun
\ 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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