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Titles

baas

noun

a word used in the past by black people to refer to a white man, especially an employer

babu

noun

used after someone’s name as a title of respect

dame

noun

someone who has this title

Esq.

abbreviation

Esquire

Esq.

abbreviation

used instead of ‘Mr’ after a man’s name, especially on an envelope

Esq.

abbreviation

sometimes used after the name of a lawyer who is a man or a woman

Hon.

abbreviation

Honourable: used in the titles of judges and some politicians

honorific

noun

a title given to someone as a formal way of showing respect for the position that they hold

Honourable

adjective

used for talking to judges and some politicians, for example members of parliament

Jnr

abbreviation

junior

Judge

noun

used as a title before the name of a judge

Justice

noun

used as a title before the name of a judge

Lady

used as part of some official titles in the UK

Her/Your Ladyship

used for talking about or to a woman with an important social position and the title of ‘Lady’

Lala

noun

used in front of a man’s name in the same way as ‘Mr’

Lord

noun

used as a title for a lord

Lord

noun

used in the titles of British officials of very high rank

Ma

noun

used in some parts of the US instead of Mrs before the name of a married woman

Madame

noun

used as a title for a woman who is married or no longer young in countries where people speak French

mahatma

noun

a title given to someone who is respected very much for being wise and good

MBE

noun

used after someone’s name for showing that they have an MBE

memsahib

noun

an old word used for referring to a European woman

Messrs

the plural of ‘Mr’: often used with the names of two or more men in the name of a business

milady

used in the past by a servant or ordinary person for talking to a woman of high social status

Miss

noun

a title used in front of the last name or whole name of a girl or woman who is not married

miss

noun

used in the title of a woman who has won a beauty competition

missis

another spelling of missus

missus

noun

used for addressing a woman whose name you do not know

m’lady

noun

used in the past by a servant or ordinary person for talking to a woman of high social status

M’Lord

noun

used in the past by a servant or ordinary person for talking to a man of high social status

Monsieur

noun

used as a title for a man, like ‘Mr’, in French-speaking countries

Mr

used in front of the name of a man when talking politely to him or about him. Mr is a short form of Mister

Mr

a title used before the name of a man’s position when speaking to him

Mrs

a polite or formal title used in front of the name of a woman who is married, when talking to her or about her

Ms

used as a formal title in front of the name of a woman, whether she is married or not, when talking to her or about her

OBE

noun

Officer of the Order of the British Empire: a special title given to someone in the UK whose work has helped the country

pandit

noun

a title of respect given to someone who knows a lot about traditional Indian literature, the Hindu religion, or classical Indian music

prefix

noun

a title such as ‘Dr’ or ‘Mrs’ that is used before someone’s name

sahib

noun

used in the past in India as a title of respect for a man, especially a British government official

Sardar

noun

a title of respect that is given to a political leader

Señor

noun

used as a title for a man, like ‘Mr’, in Spanish-speaking countries

Señora

noun

used as a title for a woman, like ‘Mrs’, in Spanish-speaking countries

Señorita

noun

used as a title for a young woman who is not married, like ‘Miss’, in Spanish-speaking countries

Shri

another spelling of Sri

sir

used as a polite way of speaking to a man. This word can be used by someone who works in a shop or restaurant for speaking to a customer, by someone speaking to a senior officer, or by someone speaking to another person whose name they do not know

sir

used by a boy or young man as a polite way of speaking to an older man

Sir

used before the name of a man who is a knight or baronet

Snr

abbreviation

senior

squire

noun

used for talking to a man

Sr

abbreviation

senior: used after the name of someone who has a child with the same name

Sri

used in front of the name of a man when talking to him or about him

title

noun

a word or abbreviation that is used before someone’s name to show their profession, social status etc, for example ‘Doctor’, ‘General’, or ‘Mrs’

uncle

noun

used by children in front of the name of a man who is a close friend of their parents

ustad

noun

a title of respect for someone who is very skilful, especially a musician

zindabad

interjection

used when you call out the name of someone or something in order to show that you support them or it

honorific

adjective

Madam Chairwoman/President/Ambassador etc

used in meetings and formal situations for talking to a woman who is chairwoman, president etc

my Lord

used as a polite way of addressing a lord, judge, or bishop

His/Her/Your Grace

used for talking about or to a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop

Your/His Lordship

used as a polite way of talking to or about a lord, judge, or bishop

Your/His/Her Excellency

used for talking politely to or about someone who has a very important official or religious position

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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