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[seyn-yawr, -yohr, seen-; Spanish se-nyawr] /seɪnˈyɔr, -ˈyoʊr, sin-; Spanish sɛˈnyɔr/
noun, plural señors Spanish, señores
[se-nyaw-res] /sɛˈnyɔ rɛs/ (Show IPA)
a Spanish term of address equivalent to sir or Mr., used alone or capitalized and prefixed to the name of a man.
Abbreviation: Sr.
Origin of señor
1615-25; < Spanish < Vulgar Latin *senior. See senior Unabridged
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  • The house of the senor Administrador was beset by spies, no doubt.

  • Today, senor, through your own heedlessness you were bitten by a venomous snake.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • senor Commander: you know the way to the frontier of hell and heaven.

    Man And Superman George Bernard Shaw
  • If you are not with us in this thing, then, senor, here we must remain.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • "Oblige me by giving the word, senor," said Freeman, cocking his weapon.

    The Golden Fleece Julian Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for senor


/sɛˈnjɔː; Spanish seˈɲor/
noun (pl) -ñors, -ñores (Spanish) (-ˈɲores)
a Spaniard or Spanish-speaking man: a title of address equivalent to Mr when placed before a name or sir when used alone
Word Origin
Spanish, from Latin senior an older man, senior
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Word Origin and History for senor

1620s, from Spanish señor "a gentleman; sir," from Latin seniorem (source also of Portuguese senhor; see senior (adj.)).

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