herr


noun, plural Her·ren [heruh n; English hairuh n] /ˈhɛr ən; English ˈhɛər ən/.

  1. the conventional German title of respect and term of address for a man, corresponding to Mr. or in direct address to sir.

noun plural Herren (ˈhɛrən)

  1. a German man: used before a name as a title equivalent to Mr

German equivalent of Mr., 1650s, originally “nobler, superior,” from Middle High German herre, from Old High German herro, comparative of her “noble, worthy, exalted,” from PIE *kei-, a color adjective, in suffixed form *koi-ro- here meaning “gray, hoary,” hence “gray-haired, venerable.” Cognate with Old Frisian hera, Dutch heer; perhaps in this usage a loan-translation of Latin senior. Hence also Herrenvolk “master race,” in Nazi ideology, the concept of the German people.

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