Sire

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Sire was a respectful form of address for reigning kings in Europe. It was used in Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Historically, Sire had a wider usage. During the Middle Ages, Sire was generally used to address a superior, a person of importance or in a position of authority, or the nobility in general.

The words "sire" and "sir", as well as the French "(mon)sieur", share a common etymological origin, all ultimately being related to the Latin senior. The female equivalent form of address is dame or dam.[1]

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  1. ^ Jane Mills (April 1992). Womanwords: a dictionary of words about women. Free Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-02-921495-4.