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signore1

[sin-yawr-ey, -yohr-ey; Italian see-nyaw-re] /sɪnˈyɔr eɪ, -ˈyoʊr eɪ; Italian siˈnyɔ rɛ/
noun, plural signori
[sin-yawr-ee, -yohr-ee; Italian see-nyaw-ree] /sɪnˈyɔr i, -ˈyoʊr i; Italian siˈnyɔ ri/ (Show IPA)
1.
a conventional Italian title of respect for a man, usually used separately; signor.
Origin of signore1
1585-1595
1585-95; < Italian < Latin senior; see senior

signore2

[sin-yawr-ey, -yohr-ey; Italian see-nyaw-re] /sɪnˈyɔr eɪ, -ˈyoʊr eɪ; Italian siˈnyɔ rɛ/
noun
1.
a plural of signora.

signora

[sin-yawr-uh, -yohr-uh; Italian see-nyaw-rah] /sɪnˈyɔr ə, -ˈyoʊr ə; Italian siˈnyɔ rɑ/
noun, plural signoras Italian, signore
[see-nyaw-re] /siˈnyɔ rɛ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a conventional Italian term of address or title of respect for a married woman, either used separately or prefixed to the name.
Origin
1630-40; < Italian; feminine of signore signore1
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  • He consoled himself, signore, with the possession of the heiress of Tiepolo's love, and with her riches.

    The Bravo J. Fenimore Cooper
  • "A rivederci, signore," he added, pushing off the little boat.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • "Yes, signore," answered Bonifazio, and without more words he left the room and went directly to San Giacinto's house.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
  • I have seen you pass by sometimes at the Mergellina, signore.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • With certain obscure hints from your honored father, signore?

    The Bravo J. Fenimore Cooper
  • If you would like me to come, I will ask the signore Marchese.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • "That is just what we do not wish you to do, signore," answered the lieutenant, with interest.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The waiter departed, and returned to say that no one had been for the signore.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Is the state answerable for the deed of the merchant, signore?

    The Bravo J. Fenimore Cooper
  • This evening, signore; it will be fine for sailing this evening.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for signore

signore

/siːnˈjɔːriː; Italian siɲˈɲore/
noun (pl) -ri (-rɪ; Italian) (-ri)
1.
an Italian man: a title of respect equivalent to sir
Word Origin
Italian, ultimately from Latin senior an elder, from senex an old man

signora

/siːnˈjɔːrə; Italian siɲˈɲora/
noun (pl) -ras, -re (Italian) (-re)
1.
a married Italian woman: a title of address equivalent to Mrs when placed before a name or madam when used alone
Word Origin
Italian, feminine of signore
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