Definition of form of address in English:

form of address

phrase

  • 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’
    • ‘I have learnt the correct forms of address for archdukes and archbishops.’
    • ‘Degrees of difference within the caste hierarchy were also marked by forms of address, seating arrangements, and other practices of deference and superiority.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These originally polite titles are now used as intimate forms of address between a couple.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the American South, the title Miz is spoken with a woman's first name as a respectful, but semi-familiar, 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the 16th cent., the usual form of address had moved from ‘Your Grace’ or ‘Your Highness’ to ‘Your Majesty’.’
    • ‘They refused to use honorific titles and deferential forms of address such as your excellency, my lord, because they were not literally true.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Mister,’ he says again, and it feels to him like the right form of address.’
    • ‘Every language has its subconscious cues, such as rank and forms of address, which are often reflective of the social order that speaks it.’
    • ‘Is ‘your royal highness’ the right form of address, or will a simple ‘ma'am’ suffice?’
    • ‘He insisted on grander forms of address.’
    • ‘In the beginning, the term ‘luv’ was a common form of address to me.’
    title, denomination, honorific, label
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