Messrs. Unabridged


plural Messrs. [mes-erz]
mister: a title of respect prefixed to a man's name or position: Mr. Lawson; Mr. President.
a title prefixed to a mock surname that is used to represent possession of a particular attribute, identity, etc., especially in an idealized or excessive way: Mr. Democrat; Mr. Perfect; Mr. Macho. Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

1447, abbreviation of master (q.v.). Used from 1814 with a following noun or adj., to denote "the exemplar or embodiment of that quality" (e.g. Mr. Right, 1922, first in James Joyce; Mr. Fix-It, 1925, first in Ring Lardner; Mr. Big, 1940, first in Groucho Marx). The pl. Messrs. (1779) is an abbreviation
of Fr. messieurs, pl. of monsieur, used in Eng. to supply the pl. of Mr., which is lacking.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mister (Used as a courtesy title for a man)
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