Meaning of SIR in English



Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


People sometimes say ~ as a very formal and polite way of addressing a man whose name they do not know or a man of superior rank. For example, a shop assistant might address a male customer as ~.

Excuse me ~, but would you mind telling me what sort of car that is?...

Good afternoon to you, ~.

N-VOC politeness


Sir is the title used in front of the name of a knight or baronet.

She introduced me to Sir Tobias and Lady Clarke.



You use the expression Dear ~ at the beginning of a formal letter or a business letter when you are writing to a man. You use Dear ~s when you are writing to an organization.

Dear Sir, Your letter of the 9th October has been referred to us.


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