One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A title or form of address used of or to a German-speaking man, corresponding to Mr and also used before a rank or occupation.‘good morning, Herr Weber’‘my trip with the Herr Doktor was postponed’
- ‘Coun Bullinger was joined by the two boys, 22 other pupils, parents and teachers Mrs Rubesamen and her colleague Herr Lendzian, who brings his class to London in October.’
- ‘Well, one time in German class, Herr Holstein told me I needed to control my ADD.’
- ‘When Herr Bott left Lahore to join the forces of Adolf Hitler in 1940, he was only 18 years old and was fired with a patriotism that bordered on ‘rashness’ as he now jovially recalls.’
- 1.1 A German man.
German, from Old High German hērro, comparative of hēr ‘exalted’.
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