[seen-yawr, -yohr, sin-yawr, -yohr; Italian see-nyawr]
noun, plural signors Italian, signori [see-nyaw-ree] .
a conventional Italian term of address or title of respect for a man, either used separately or prefixed to the name. Abbreviation: Sig., sig.
Also, signior.

1570–80; < Italian; see signore1 Unabridged


1 [sin-yawr-ey, -yohr-ey; Italian see-nyaw-re]
noun, plural signori [sin-yawr-ee, -yohr-ee; Italian see-nyaw-ree] .
a conventional Italian title of respect for a man, usually used separately; signor.

1585–95; < Italian < Latin senior; see senior


2 [sin-yawr-ey, -yohr-ey; Italian see-nyaw-re] .
a plural of signora. Unabridged
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signor or signior (ˈsiːnjɔː, Italian siɲˈɲor, ˈsiːnjɔː, Italian siɲˈɲor)
n , pl -gnors, -gnori
an Italian man: usually used before a name as a title equivalent to Mr
signior or signior (ˈsiːnjɔː, Italian siɲˈɲor, ˈsiːnjɔː, Italian siɲˈɲor, -ˈɲori)

signore (siːnˈjɔːriː, Italian siɲˈɲore)
n , pl -ri
an Italian man: a title of respect equivalent to sir
[Italian, ultimately from Latin senior an elder, from senex an old man]

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Word Origin & History

1577, from It. signore, from L. seniorem, acc. of senior (see senior). Feminine form signora is from 1636; dim. signorina is first recorded 1820.
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