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’
    • ‘‘Please excuse me, sirs,’ Julian said quietly, then slipped away as discreetly as he could.’
    • ‘‘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?’
    • ‘It's all going according to our master plan, sirs!’
    • ‘I'm sorry, sirs, but you do not appear to be suitably attired to dine at this establishment.’
    • ‘As you know, my kind sir, I make rounds of the pupils once a year, checking their grades, and their accomplishments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She turned around and asked of the man, ‘Excuse me, sir, but do you know if that café next door is any good?’’
    • ‘I respect my elders and always use sir or ma'am when addressing a stranger.’
    • ‘Lily's head bobbed up and down as she tried to get the man's attention, ‘Excuse me, sir?’’
    • ‘‘Here you are, ladies, sirs,’ she said, smiling as she slid a platter before each diner, until her tray was empty.’
    • ‘‘With all due respect, sir, that is not necessary,’ retorted the Coalition soldier.’
    • ‘Excuse me, sir, but that is none of your business.’
    • ‘Do you have any idea how fast you were going, sir?’
    • ‘Audibly, he said, ‘It is my honor, kind sirs, and madam, to welcome you to my home'.’
    • ‘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'm more than ready to get back to work, sir, but I did not mean to usurp your authority.’
    • ‘‘She had the devil in her, sirs,’ Parson Evans sighed and put away his handkerchief.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Well, my good sirs, it appears that, even though we have reported otherwise, the radical threat is still upon us.’
    1. 1.1 Used to address a man at the beginning of a formal or business letter.
      ‘Dear Sir’
      • ‘Dear Sir / Madam, We look for serious buyer for a coal mining exploration company.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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, my address this afternoon consists of six parts.’
      • ‘Dear Sir / Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites.’
      • ‘Dear Sir, I can only agree with Mr. Duffy's assessment of guitarists as people of low esteem.’
      • ‘Sir, we did not find any evidence of a policy or a direct order given to these soldiers to conduct what they did.’
      • ‘Sir, the Government's obviously concerned you're going to try and shoot the animals.’
      • ‘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 - We exiles here in Britain hope you will kindly publish this to let people at home know how we are supporting our national game.’
    2. 1.2 Used as a title before the forename of a knight or baronet.
      • ‘Arthur announced, 'You are indeed brave, sir knight, but the fight is mine!'.’
      • ‘You, sir knight,’ he pointed at Michael with his staff, ‘Have been chosen by the Lord for this age, and this time.’’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3
      another expression for siree


Middle English: reduced form of sire.