One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used as a title to refer formally to more than one man simultaneously, or in names of companies.‘Messrs Sotheby’
- ‘So should Messrs Hooper, Wilson, Baillie, Lees and Khouri - and a few females.’
- ‘Performing works for transverse flute and harpsichord were the young Messrs.’
- ‘They are sticking to the party line. Sticking to a party line is something that Messrs Straw and Reid know all about.’
- ‘In 1880, Messrs W. E. Forster and Alfred Illingworth were elected MPs for Bradford.’
- ‘The cattle were shipped by Messrs Cosgrave and Clarke, Cattle Dealers.’
Late 18th century: abbreviation of Messieurs.
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