Meaning and Origin
What does the name Sir mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
User Submitted Meanings
- A user from Ohio, U.S. says the name Sir is of English origin and means "Man of social dignity and authority".
- According to a user from Canada, the name Sir means "Polite name for a man".
- A submission from Ohio, U.S. says the name Sir means "Authority" and is of African origin.
- A submission from Massachusetts, U.S. says the name Sir means "Illuminati".
- A man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; -- in this sense usually spelled sire.(Obs)"He was crowned lord and sire." [Gower.]"In the election of a sir so rare." [Shak.]
- A title prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or a baronet." Sir Horace Vere, his brother, was the principal in the active part." [Bacon.]
- An English rendering of the LAtin Dominus, the academical title of a bachelor of arts; -- formerly colloquially, and sometimes contemptuously, applied to the clergy."Instead of a faithful and painful teacher, they hire a Sir John, which hath better skill in playing at tables, or in keeping of a garden, than in God's word." [Latimer.]
- 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."What's that to you, sir?" [Sheridan.]
Note: ☞ Anciently, this title, was often used when a person was addressed as a man holding a certain office, or following a certain business. “ Sir man of law.” “ Sir parish priest.”
Etymology: OE. sire, F. sire, contr. from the nominative L. senior an elder, elderly person, compar. of senex,senis, an aged person; akin to Gr. ��� old, Skr. sana, Goth. sineigs old, sinista eldest, Ir. & Gael. sean old, W. hen. Cf. Seignior Senate Seneschal Senior Senor Signor Sire Sirrah
- Term of address for a man
- A title used before the name of knight or baronet
- Alternative letter-case form of sir.
- (Britain) The titular prefix given to a knight or baronet.