signor

Definitions

  • Portrait of Signor Costa
    Portrait of Signor Costa
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n signor used as an Italian courtesy title; can be prefixed to the name or used separately
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Si, Si, Signore! He Cried Eagerly Si, Si, Signore! He Cried Eagerly

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Signor Sir; Mr.; -- a title of address or respect among the Italians. Before a noun the form is Signor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n signor An Italian lord or gentleman; specifically, a member of a class or body of ruling magistrates or senators in one of the old Italian republics.
    • n signor Hence A lord or gentleman in general; a man of aristocratic rank or associations.
    • n signor [capitalized] An Italian title of respect or address for a man, contracted from Signore before a name, equivalent to Señor in Spanish, Senhor in Portuguese, Monsieur or M. in French, Mister or Mr. in English, Herr in German, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Signor sē′nyor an Italian word of address equivalent to Mr—also Signior
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Quotations

  • Edward F. Halifax
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    “I often think how much easier the world would have been to manage if Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini had been at Oxford.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. See Seignior
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. signore.

Usage

In literature:

Why, signor, if they want foxes, I myself, Beppo Donati, would catch them any number for a paul or two.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880" by Various
CARM: Signor Enrico, Signor Enrico, what is the English for Buona notte?
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
He'll take his place in Signor Vitalis' traveling company.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
These may still be seen in the Gonzaga Archives, where they were first discovered by Signor Alessandro Luzio and Signor Rodolfo Renier.
"Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, 1475-1497" by Julia Mary Cartwright
How would signor like to have them done?
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
To him I appealed, concerning the Signor Larthoor.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
To him I appealed concerning the Signor Larthoor.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Signor Fagiano, who talked little, was wandering about through the salons.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Transplanted to British soil, the Signor found himself a gentleman at large.
"Happy-Thought Hall" by F. C. Burnand
Will you have some supper, Signore?
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
From notes and measurements made by Signor Lanciani and Prof.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
With his unengaged hand Biff then smacked the Signor Ricardo right severely on the wrist.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
You will be announced as Signor Nibsinsky!
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
Signor, what is it that you tell me?
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
If so, signor, it will be my duty to make her all the reparation that can be afforded in such a case.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
He was an artist like yourself, signore.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
They got in their luggage, and Barty went with the signore in search of bread and meat and wine and ground coffee.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
I hope you will understand me, signor.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
Is it you, Signor Salvator?
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
I have Signor Boni's plans of it.
"Cecilia" by F. Marion Crawford
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In poetry:

Glide we on; so, faster, faster.
Now the two are safely landed.
Buono mano, grazie, Signor,
They who love are open-handed.
Now, Pepita!
"Barcarole II" by Susan Coolidge
To Don Odora says Donna De Vine:
"I yield to thy long endeavor!--
At my balcony be on the stroke of nine,
And, Signor, am thine forever!"
"At The Corregidor’s" by Madison Julius Cawein
With my brown-eyed girl, this prow
Would not turn for hours still;
But the Signor bids, commands,
I am here to do his will,
He is master.
"Barcarole II" by Susan Coolidge
MARIA.
You find me, signor,
In an unguarded mood. I would be true
To you; and to myself; yet, know no answer.
Anon, I will be calm; pray you withdraw.
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus
O SIGNOR BRODERIP, you are a wickid ole man,
You wexis us little horgin-boys whenever you can:
How dare you talk of Justice, and go for to seek
To pussicute us horgin-boys, you senguinary Beek?
"The Organ-Boy’s Appeal" by William Makepeace Thackeray
MARIA.
Nay, signor, frankly, he esteems your talent.
Because you are of well-assured means
And gentle birth, he will be rude to you.
Not without base is the deep grudge he owes
To riches and prosperity.
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

The final spot in the handicapping box belonged to Capital Off Track Betting, who had one of three handicappers – Seth Merrow, John Signor and Anthony Mormino – going head-to-head with TU handicappers each day.
Building A Better Man Camp Means Growth For Signor Development Group.
BAINBRIDGE — Lee D Signor , 64, went to be with his lord Friday, Nov 9.
What Would Signore Vincenzo Say.
"Gus" Signore of Brookline Ice & Coal Co.
The New England Fuel Institute passed along the sad news of the passing of Augustine "Gus" Signore of Brookline Ice & Coal Co.
Website designed and maintained by Oliver Del Signore.
Each Uncle story introduces a new character from Uncle 's madcap world: Signor Guzman, careless keeper of the oil lakes.
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In science:

Gravity with a Yukawa potential that has a scale length close to the Hubble radius, yielding accelerated expansion (Signore 2005).
Astrophysics in 2006
Jo˜ao Magueijo thanks Francesco Melchiorri and Monique Signore for organizing such a pleasant workshop.
Non-Gaussian spectra and the search for cosmic strings
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