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[mahyn-hair, -heer] /maɪnˈhɛər, -ˈhɪər/
Dutch. the term of address and title of respect corresponding to sir and Mr.
(lowercase) a Dutchman.
Origin of Mynheer
1645-55; spelling variant of Dutch mijnheer, equivalent to mijn mine1 + heer lord, sir, Mr.; see Herr Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mynheer Cornelius Beresteyn, she said, desired to speak with him once more.

    The Laughing Cavalier Baroness Orczy
  • One was the brother of Mynheer Van Ormon, the other was his brother-in-law.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Philip raised his arm in the air as if to crush Mynheer Poots, who retreated to the corner.

    The Phantom Ship Frederick Marryat
  • “We have not caught him yet, though,” observed Mynheer Bunckum.

  • "'Sufficient unto the day—' You know the proverb, Mynheer," he said cheerfully.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • “Really, you are a master of the art, Mynheer,” he observed.

  • Well then, Mynheer, all I can say is, I think you are well rid of him.

    Aletta Bertram Mitford
  • "Monseigneur, it seems that Mynheer Cornelius has really escaped," said the officer.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • "Mynheer Gross, the good name of our fair city is very dear to us," he said sternly.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • A committee of barn-burners, Mynheer, to ask you not to serve any more writs.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
British Dictionary definitions for Mynheer


a Dutch title of address equivalent to Sir when used alone or to Mr when placed before a name
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch mijnheer, my lord
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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