Sir (salutation)

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Sir (debate søːɐ̯ , zøːɐ̯ or ) than nobility of the suffix a British Knight and Bart . The predicate is always placed in front of the baptismal name; When addressing you can omit the family name, but never the first name. The female equivalent is lady or lady .

Sir alone, without adding the first name, is used in the English-speaking world as a generally polite form of address , especially to persons of respect such as the elderly, superiors, police officers or teachers. The female equivalent is miss or ma'am .

Etymologically , the term is derived from the high medieval French honorary title Sire , which, like the French Seigneur or Sieur and the Spanish Señor (as a term for a feudal lord ), goes back to the vulgar Latin senior ( comparative of the adjective senex : old, aged).


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