(redirected from signiors)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


also si·gnior  (sēn-yôr′)
n. pl. si·gno·ri (sēn-yôr′ē, -yō′rē) also si·gnors or si·gniors Abbr. Sig. or S.
Used as a courtesy title for a man in an Italian-speaking area, equivalent to Mr.

[Italian, variant of signore; see signore.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈsiːnjɔː; Italian siɲˈɲor) or


n, pl -gnors or -gnori (Italian -ˈɲori)
(Peoples) an Italian man: usually used before a name as a title equivalent to Mr
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈsin yɔr, -yoʊr, sɪnˈyɔr, -ˈyoʊr; It. siˈnyɔr)

n., pl. -gnors, It. -gno•ri (-ˈnyɔ ri)
an Italian term of address for a man, equivalent to sir or Mr. Abbr.: Sig., sig.
[1570–80; < Italian; see signore]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.signor - used as an Italian courtesy titlesignor - used as an Italian courtesy title; can be prefixed to the name or used separately
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
At these words he started up, and beheld--not his Sophia--no, nor a Circassian maid richly and elegantly attired for the grand Signior's seraglio.
Salerio employs common metaphors for the vexation caused by such commercial activity: "Your mind is tossing on the ocean, / There where your argosies [large merchant ships] with portly sail / Like signiors and rich burgers on the flood." Antonio's ships are so grand and stately (portly), that "they command the high seas" (1.1.7-10).
Moreover, Salerio's choice of spices and silks as cargo reveals moral disdain for an economy founded on consumption of showy but empty superfluities to puff up the sails of mercantile "signiors and rich burghers on the flood," fixing commerce in the aspirational upper-middle-class that "overpeer the petty trafficers/That curtsey to them, do them reverence" (1.