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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sir term of address for a man
    • n Sir a title used before the name of knight or baronet
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Sir Hugh Palliser, Bart Sir Hugh Palliser, Bart
Sir John Cope Sherbrooke Sir John Cope Sherbrooke
Sir Alexander Mackenzie Sir Alexander Mackenzie
Sir John Colborne Sir John Colborne
Sir Gordon Drummond Sir Gordon Drummond
Sir Charles Bagot Sir Charles Bagot
Sir George Cartier Sir George Cartier
Sir John A. Macdonald Sir John A. Macdonald

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sir John Harington, the godson of Queen Elizabeth I, was the inventor of the toilet
    • Sir A man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; -- in this sense usually spelled sire. "He was crowned lord and sire .""In the election of a sir so rare."
    • Sir 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 ?"
    • Sir 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."
    • Sir 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The monogram "RR" for Rolls-Royce has never been altered, except for when Sir Henry Royce passed away in 1933. Then it was changed from red to black.
    • n sir A master; lord; sovereign. The use of sir in this and the next sense is derived in part, if not wholly, from its use in address (def. 3); the regular form for these senses is sire. (See sire.) The Middle English forms cannot be discriminated in the plural.
    • n sir A person of rank or importance; a personage; a gentleman.
    • n sir Master; mister: a respectful and formal title of address, used formerly to men of superior rank, position, or age, and now to men of equal rank, or without regard to rank, as a mere term of address, without etymological significance. In emphatic assertions, threats, or reproaches the word takes meaning from the tone in which it is uttered. It was used sometimes formerly, and is still dialectally, in addressing women.
    • n sir Specifically— A title of honor prefixed to the Christian names of knights and baronets, and formerly applied also to those of higher rank, as the king; it was also prefixed occasionally to the title of rank itself: as, Sir King; Sir Knight; Sir Herald.
    • n sir (b ) Formerly, a title of a bachelor of arts; hence, a title given to a clergyman; also, a clergyman.
    • sir To address as “sir.”
    • sir To use the word sir.
    • n sir A Persian measure of weight, equal to 16 miskals or ounces troy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Insulin was discovered in 1922 by Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best.
    • n Sir sėr a word of respect used in addressing a man: a gentleman: the title of a knight or baronet, used along with the Christian name and surname, as 'Sir David Pole:' formerly a common title of address for the clergy as a translation of L. dominus, the term used for a bachelor of arts, originally in contradistinction from the magister, or master of arts—hence Sir John=a priest
    • v.t Sir to address as 'sir.'
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “I am his Highness dog at Kew; pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Sir, a man may be so much of everything, that he is nothing of anything.”
  • George Borrow
    George Borrow
    “A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Difficult do you call it, Sir? I wish it were impossible.”
  • George Farquhar
    “Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

No, sir, I've never set eyes on the man, sir.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
No, no, my dear Sir Asinus, you do me injustice: I am the simplest of mortals, and a very child of innocence.
"The Youth of Jefferson" by Anonymous
You, sir, actually, sir, making a joke about the knives and boots.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
Yes, sir, thank ye, sir.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
His mother was wedded to Sir Piers; his mother was murdered by Sir Piers.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
When John was introduced to Sir Peter, he stood very straight; one stood at attention instinctively, before Sir Peter.
"Old Valentines" by Munson Aldrich Havens
No, sir; thank you, sir.
"Dead Man's Land" by George Manville Fenn
May be I am, sir, may be I am not, sir, may be I am both, sir; what then?
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
As Governor-General, he superseded both Sir John Colborne at Quebec and Sir George Arthur at Toronto.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
It was my dooty, sir; and now, sir, you know the worst, do take a bit of advice, sir.
"The Queen's Scarlet" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

"Sir, enjoy your fancy,
But spare me harm,
A lover is a lover,
Though but a worm."
"The Beacon" by Robert Graves
now, isn't that fragrant
Sir, isn't that knowing
w/a wayward careless
backward glance
"The New Creatures" by James Douglas Morrison
Penrhyn, sir, Joe,--
Six months ago
Since we came here--
Eh?--Ah, you know!
"After The Accident" by Francis Bret Harte
Where he wandered, seeking, sad,
Story doth not say,
But at length sir Galahad
Found it on a day;
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
Through the wood the sunny day
Glimmered sweetly glad;
Through the wood his weary way
Rode sir Galahad.
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
The smile has always been the best;
’Tis stronger than the frown, sirs:
And Venus smiled the waves to rest;
She didn’t sneer them down, sirs.
"Laughing and Sneering" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Berlioz's take on the Faust story is presented in a 1973 recording under the direction of Sir Colin Davis.
Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis and Kurt Masur - would share artistic leadership.
Wrote Sir Harry Flashman Books.
Shape Of Things To Come SIR PSYCH - in a popsike world YPPAH.
Manchester United unveils Ferguson's statue Posted: Nov 24, 2012 Commemorating his 26 years of managerial service to the club, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Never mind that Sir Elton John is seated at his Yamaha piano more often than not on stage.
David Furnish , Caroline Scheufele and Sir Elton John at the grand opening of Chopard in Wynn Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012.
Gwen Stefani (in Zuhair Murad) cuddled up with the men of the evening, David Furnish and Sir Elton John at their 20th annual post-Oscars bash.
Sir Emyr, would you provide our readers with something of your background and experience.
Sir Elton John celebrated his 60th birthday by topping his own record and performing his 60th sold out concert in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
For then sir, you would be a liar.
We're having a party this week on Radio M to celebrate the musical legacy of Sir Coxsone Dodd-the Berry Gordy of Jamaica.
Sir Roy Calne is a pioneer of organ transplant s — the surgeon who in the 1950s found ways to stop the human immune system from rejecting implanted hearts, livers and kidneys.
Europe's Physician: The Various Life of Sir Theodore de Mayerne by Hugh Trevor-Roper Yale University Press, 438 pp.
Jody Paschal smiles as he tallies the final votes during his election party at Sir Winston's.

In science:

Sir Harold Spencer Jones (1914) also attributed the dark lanes seen in photographs of edge-on spiral galaxies to obscuring matter.
Interstellar Grains -- The 75th Anniversary
Since Sir complex is only capable of deacetylation of sites in its neighborhood, γij is assumed to be symmetric with respect to its indices and drop significantly as |i − j | gets large.
Epigenetic Chromatin Silencing: Bistability and Front Propagation
We analyze first the case where available SIR concentrations are kept at a constant level.
Epigenetic Chromatin Silencing: Bistability and Front Propagation
We model the limited supply of Sir proteins by putting a constraint on total number of Sir complexes, in solution and on the DNA.
Epigenetic Chromatin Silencing: Bistability and Front Propagation
We analyze first the case where available SIR concentrations are kept at a constant level.
Epigenetic Chromatin Silencing: Bistability and Front Propagation