One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A title or form of address used of or to an Italian-speaking man, corresponding to Mr. or sir.‘Signor Ugolotti’‘I am a man of honor, Signor’
- ‘He wouldn't let me speak English to the flasher customers: I had to say’ Encora caffè, signori?’’
- ‘You seem to have taken all of the best cards, signore.’
- ‘Your room is ready, signor, you are overlooking the bay at the back.’
- ‘‘You are a connoisseur in flowers, signor,’ said Beatrice, with a smile, alluding to the bouquet which he had flung her from the window.’
- ‘Now see here m'dear, there'll be none of that ‘Signor, Signorina’ business about here.’
Italian, from Latin senior (see senior).
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