Definition of form of address in English:

form of address


  • A name or title used in speaking or writing to a person of a specified rank or function.

    ‘‘Venerable’ was the usual form of address for a priest at that time’
    • ‘By the 16th cent., the usual form of address had moved from ‘Your Grace’ or ‘Your Highness’ to ‘Your Majesty’.’
    • ‘Sure enough, the job description calls for the Protocol director to handle such essential national duties as keeping the titles and correct forms of address for visiting dignitaries straight.’
    • ‘‘Mister,’ he says again, and it feels to him like the right form of address.’
    • ‘These originally polite titles are now used as intimate forms of address between a couple.’
    • ‘Is ‘your royal highness’ the right form of address, or will a simple ‘ma'am’ suffice?’
    • ‘Degrees of difference within the caste hierarchy were also marked by forms of address, seating arrangements, and other practices of deference and superiority.’
    • ‘He insisted on grander forms of address.’
    • ‘They refused to use honorific titles and deferential forms of address such as your excellency, my lord, because they were not literally true.’
    • ‘Every language has its subconscious cues, such as rank and forms of address, which are often reflective of the social order that speaks it.’
    • ‘Those who refused to call each other ‘citizen’ rather than the deferential ‘Monsieur’, and to use the familiar form of address, fell under automatic suspicion.’
    • ‘I should pause to explain this familiar form of address: as long as I can remember, I have called my father ‘George,’ and as long as I can remember my friends have thought this odd.’
    • ‘In the beginning, the term ‘luv’ was a common form of address to me.’
    • ‘It is a form of address that conveys both respect and intimacy; it was once used for men and rulers, but now it has strong feminine connotations.’
    • ‘Alas, the sole solution appears to be the awful sounding ‘Ms’, which sounds a bit like a mosquito's whine rather than a form of address.’
    • ‘According to Patsy, it would be difficult for Mary, as a commoner, to make the jump into royalty as she'd have to learn the correct protocol for all sorts of things, from cutlery to forms of address.’
    • ‘In the American South, the title Miz is spoken with a woman's first name as a respectful, but semi-familiar, form of address.’
    • ‘Indeed, it is understandable why health care staff dealing with anxious patients should employ friendly forms of address in order to put them at ease.’
    • ‘I have learnt the correct forms of address for archdukes and archbishops.’
    • ‘Adults use first names and informal forms of address (such as tu rather than vous) only with people they know well, such as close friends or relatives.’
    • ‘Respect was shown through the courteous use of forms of address when talking to strangers, persons of authority, and anyone in an age group higher than one's own.’
    title, denomination, honorific, label
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