Definition of sir in English:


(also sir)


  • 1Used as a polite or respectful way of addressing a man, especially one in a position of authority.

    ‘excuse me, sir’
    • ‘‘Here is where your horses will be stabled, sirs,’ the stable boy said, opening the pen with a bow.’
    • ‘Excuse me, sir / madam, may I see some identification, please?’
    • ‘As you know, my kind sir, I make rounds of the pupils once a year, checking their grades, and their accomplishments.’
    • ‘Audibly, he said, ‘It is my honor, kind sirs, and madam, to welcome you to my home'.’
    • ‘It's all going according to our master plan, sirs!’
    • ‘Do you have any idea how fast you were going, sir?’
    • ‘‘She had the devil in her, sirs,’ Parson Evans sighed and put away his handkerchief.’
    • ‘We heard you say you want to get on with your life, but, with all due respect, sir, getting on with our lives isn't an option.’
    • ‘I'm sorry, sirs, but you do not appear to be suitably attired to dine at this establishment.’
    • ‘‘With all due respect, sir, that is not necessary,’ retorted the Coalition soldier.’
    • ‘She turned around and asked of the man, ‘Excuse me, sir, but do you know if that café next door is any good?’’
    • ‘He cleared his throat before saying, ‘Excuse me, sirs, but if you don't calm down, we're going to have to ask you to leave.’’
    • ‘‘Here you are, ladies, sirs,’ she said, smiling as she slid a platter before each diner, until her tray was empty.’
    • ‘Excuse me, sir, but that is none of your business.’
    • ‘I'm more than ready to get back to work, sir, but I did not mean to usurp your authority.’
    • ‘Lily's head bobbed up and down as she tried to get the man's attention, ‘Excuse me, sir?’’
    • ‘Well, my good sirs, it appears that, even though we have reported otherwise, the radical threat is still upon us.’
    • ‘‘Please excuse me, sirs,’ Julian said quietly, then slipped away as discreetly as he could.’
    • ‘When I look nicer and more stylish, people tend to respect me more, address me as sir, give me better service, and all kinds of things.’
    • ‘I respect my elders and always use sir or ma'am when addressing a stranger.’
    1. 1.1Used to address a man at the beginning of a formal or business letter.
      ‘Dear Sir’
      • ‘Dear Sir - We exiles here in Britain hope you will kindly publish this to let people at home know how we are supporting our national game.’
      • ‘Dear Sir, With regards to your plan to turn a block of six flats into a hotel, the council feels that there are numerous problems with the application.’
      • ‘Dear Sir, I can only agree with Mr. Duffy's assessment of guitarists as people of low esteem.’
      • ‘Dear Sir / Madam, We look for serious buyer for a coal mining exploration company.’
      • ‘Dear Sir, my address this afternoon consists of six parts.’
      • ‘Sir, we did not find any evidence of a policy or a direct order given to these soldiers to conduct what they did.’
      • ‘Dear Sir / Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites.’
      • ‘Sir, the Government's obviously concerned you're going to try and shoot the animals.’
      • ‘Dear Sir, I know you will be surprised to read from me, but please consider this letter as a request from a family in dire need of assistance.’
      • ‘Dear Sir, Godfrey Horsecroft has generously permitted me to reply on his behalf to the unkind letter from a Mr Ruttmold which you published last week.’
    2. 1.2Used as a title before the forename of a knight or baronet.
      • ‘Wedding bells are in the air at Huntington Stadium after good sir knight Norris and fair maiden Rosemary Westmoreland recreated one of the happiest moments of their lives.’
      • ‘You, sir knight,’ he pointed at Michael with his staff, ‘Have been chosen by the Lord for this age, and this time.’’
      • ‘Arthur announced, 'You are indeed brave, sir knight, but the fight is mine!'.’
    3. 1.3
      another expression for siree


Middle English: reduced form of sire.