What is sir?

  • (noun): A title used before the name of knight or baronet.
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Sir

Sir is an honorific address used as a courtesy title to address a man without using his given or family name in many English speaking cultures. It is often used in formal correspondence (Dear Sir, Right Reverend Sir).

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Jousting - Medieval Joust - Late Middle Ages
... king jousted with a knight of Hainault, Sir John Destrenne, for the prize of a clasp of precious stones, taken off from the bosom of the Duchess of Burgundy it was won by Sir Destrenne, and formally ... end of the century, until the most common number was five, as in the duel between Sir Thomas Harpenden and Messire Jean des Barres, at Montereau sur Yonne in 1387 (cinq lances a ... the first four courses of the joust were run without decisive outcome, but in the fifth Sir Thomas was unhorsed and lost consciousness ...
Viv Richards
... Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, KNH, OBE (born 7 March 1952) is a former West Indian cricketer ... in 2000, by a 100-member panel of experts, along with Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Shane Warne ... the greatest ODI batsman of all time, as well as the third greatest Test batsman of all time, after Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar ...
Edward Hodges Baily - Works
... Watts' Walk, Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London Sir Robert Peel – Market Place, Bury Horatio, Viscount Nelson – on Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, London Philip ... Cambridge Thomas Bewick – Literary Philosophical Society, Newcastle upon Tyne Sir James Knott – as above George O'Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont – St.Mary's, Petworth, Sussex Charles ...
James Fitzjames Stephen - Early Life
... Born in Kensington, London, he was the son of James Stephen, the brother of author and critic Sir Leslie Stephen, the uncle of author Virginia Woolf, and ... He was already acquainted with Sir Henry Maine, six years his senior, and then newly appointed to the Chair of civil law at Cambridge ... James Clerk Maxwell and Liberal Party leader Sir William Harcourt ...
Knight Bachelor - Honorifics and Post-nominals
... Like other knights, Knights Bachelor are styled "Sir" ... However, when the style "Sir" is awkward or incomplete due to a subsequent appointment, recipients may sometimes use the word "Knight" or "Kt" (note the lowercase 't', which distinguishes it from "KT", the ... Sir William Boulton, Bt, Kt) ...

More definitions of "sir":

  • (noun): Term of address for a man.

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    At Flores in the Azores Sir Richard Grenville lay,
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