One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A title used before a surname or full name to address or refer to a man without a higher or honorific or professional title.‘Mr Robert Smith’
- ‘"It's much harder to get noticed now than it was 30 years ago," warns Mr. Rutherford.’
- ‘Mr. Sunit Patel is joining Chaarat as Chief Geologist.’
- 1.1 Used before the name of an office to address a man who holds it.‘Mr President’
- ‘Mr. Speaker, the Right Honourable Governor General desires the immediate attendance of this honourable House in the chamber of the honourable the Senate.’
- ‘Mr. Prime Minister, it appears that the Governor General has referred this matter to your office for further consideration.’
- 1.2 (in the UK) used before a surname to address or refer to a male surgeon.
- ‘For laser eye surgery and general ophthalmology services, contact eye surgeon Mr C Steven Bailey in London, England.’
- ‘She received no medical aid till Saturday, when she was visited by the parish surgeon, Mr. Vaughan.’
- 1.3 Used in the armed forces to address a senior warrant officer, officer cadet, or junior naval officer.
- ‘"I am your superior officer, Mister, and you will give me the respect I deserve!" Zarm angrily shot back to Wheeler.’
- ‘"That was an order, Mister! Talk back to me again and I'll have you thrown in the brig for insubordination!"’
Late Middle English: originally an abbreviation of master; compare with mister.
Master of the Rolls.
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