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signor

[seen-yawr, -yohr, sin-yawr, -yohr; Italian see-nyawr] /ˈsin yɔr, -yoʊr, sɪnˈyɔr, -ˈyoʊr; Italian siˈnyɔr/
noun, plural signors Italian, signori
[see-nyaw-ree] /siˈnyɔ ri/ (Show IPA)
1.
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.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Italian; see signore1

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
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for signori

signor

/ˈsiːnjɔː; Italian siɲˈɲor/
noun (pl) -gnors, -gnori (Italian) (-ˈɲori)
1.
an Italian man: usually used before a name as a title equivalent to Mr

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
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Word Origin and History for signori

signor

n.

an Italian lord or gentleman, 1570s, from Italian signore, from Latin seniorem, accusative of senior (see senior (adj.)). Feminine form signora is from 1630s; diminutive signorina is first recorded 1820.

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