Sir (of franz. Sire “Feudalherr; Title of a monarch "; of vulgärlat. * seior, Nebenform too klass. - lat. senior of “older”) is an English honour title for men. The appropriate title for women is lady.

It is used as follows:

  • in the English-language area to the polite address of (military) superiors and stranger
  • in Great Britain as titles of a Knights or a Baronets, see z. B. also order OF the British Empire. The title of a Sirs is always placed before the name and limited with the address on the first names. Sir Paul McCartney is thus Sir Paul and not Sir McCartney.

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