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sir US English

Used as a polite or respectful way of addressing a man, especially one in a position of authority

Sir. US English

(In biblical references) Sirach (Apocrypha)

Sir in sir US English

Used as a polite or respectful way of addressing a man, especially one in a position of authority

Hoy, Sir Chris US English

(1976-), Scottish cyclist; full name Christopher Andrew Hoy. A multiple world champion in track cycling, he won his sixth Olympic gold medal in 2012. He shares with Bradley Wiggins the record for the highest total number of Olympic medals won by a British athlete (seven)

Rice, Sir Tim US English

(1944-), English lyricist and entertainer; full name Timothy Miles Bindon Rice. With Andrew Lloyd Webber, he cowrote a number of musicals, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1971), and Evita (1978)

Ross, Sir John US English

(1777–1856), British explorer. He led an expedition to Baffin Bay in 1818 and another in search of the Northwest Passage between 1829 and 1833

Low, Sir David US English

(1891–1963), New-Zealand-born British cartoonist famous for his political cartoons and for inventing the character Colonel Blimp; full name Sir David Alexander Cecil Low

Amis, Sir Kingsley US English

(1922–95), English novelist and poet, who achieved popular success with his first novel, Lucky Jim (1954). Other notable works: The Old Devils (1986), The Folks that Live on the Hill (1990), and You Ca n’t Do Both (1994)

Abbott, Sir John US English

(1821–93), Canadian Conservative statesman; full name John Joseph Caldwell Abbott. He was prime minister 1891–92

Banks, Sir Joseph US English

(1743–1820), English botanist. He accompanied Captain James Cook on his first voyage to the Pacific

Barry, Sir Charles US English

(1795–1860), English architect, designer of the Houses of Parliament

Barton, Sir Edmund US English

(1849–1920), Australian statesman and jurist, first Prime Minister of Australia 1901-3

Beaton, Sir Cecil US English

(1904–80), English photographer; full name Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton. He is noted for his fashion features and portraits of celebrities

Beerbohm, Sir Max US English

(1872–1956), English caricaturist, essayist, and critic; full name Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

Ashdown, Sir Paddy US English

(B.1941), British Liberal Democrat politician, born in India; full name Jeremy John Durham Ashdown. He was the first leader of the Liberal Democrats 1988–99

Ayer, Sir A. J. US English

(1910–89), English philosopher; full name Alfred Jules Ayer. He was an important proponent of logical positivism. Notable works: Language, Truth, and Logic (1936) and The Problem of Knowledge (1956)

Bader, Sir Douglas US English

(1910–82), British airman; full name Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader. Despite having lost both legs in a flying accident in 1931, he saw action as a fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain (1940-1). After the war he was noted for his work on behalf of disabled people

Bates, Sir Alan US English

1934–2003, English actor. Notable films: The Caretaker (1964), Zorba the Greek (1964), The Fixer (1968), Women in Love (1969), and An Unmarried Woman (1978). He also played a number of roles on stage and won a Tony Award for his performance in Turgenev’s Fortune’s Fool (2002)

Bax, Sir Arnold US English

(1883–1953), English composer, noted for tone poems such as Tintagel (1917); full name Sir Arnold Edward Trevor Bax

Blake, Sir Peter US English

(1932-), English painter. He was prominent in the pop art movement in the late 1950s and early 1960s

Bliss, Sir Arthur US English

(1891–1975), English composer; full name Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

Botham, Sir Ian US English

(B.1955), English all-round cricketer; full name Sir Ian Terence Botham. In 1978 he became the first player to score 100 runs and take eight wickets in a single Test match; in 1982 he also achieved the record of 3,000 runs and 250 wickets in Test matches overall

Boult, Sir Adrian US English

(1889–1983), English conductor; full name Sir Adrian Cedric Boult. Noted especially for his championship of English composers, he was music director of the BBC 1930–49 and principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra 1950-7

Bodley, Sir Thomas US English

(1545–1613), English scholar and diplomat. He enlarged the Oxford University library, which was renamed the Bodleian in 1602

Bogarde, Sir Dirk US English

(1921–99), British actor and writer; born Derek Niven van den Bogaerde. Notable movies: The Servant (1963), Death in Venice (1971), and A Bridge Too Far (1977)

Berlin, Sir Isaiah US English

(1909–97), Latvian-born British philosopher who concerned himself with the history of ideas. Notable works: Karl Marx (1939), Four Essays on Liberty (1959), and Vico and Herder (1976)

Betjeman, Sir John US English

(1906–84), English poet, noted for his self-deprecating, witty, and gently satirical poems. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1972

Brabham, Sir Jack US English

(B.1926), Australian motor-racing driver; full name John Arthur Brabham. He won the Formula One world championship three times (1959, 1960, 1966)

Connery, Sir Sean US English

(1930-), Scottish movie actor; born Thomas Connery. He is best known for his portrayal of British agent James Bond in several movies. His other movies include Marnie (1964), The Untouchables (1987), and The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Cayley, Sir George US English

(1773–1857), English engineer, the father of British aeronautics. He is best known for his understanding of the principles of flight and for building the first manned glider, which was flown in 1853. He was also a founder of the original Polytechnic Institution

Browne, Sir Thomas US English

(1605–82), English author and physician. He achieved prominence with Religio Medici (1642), a collection of opinions on a vast number of subjects connected with religion

Busby, Sir Matt US English

(1909–94), Scottish-born footballer and football manager. As manager of Manchester United 1945–69 he led them to win five League Championships and the European Cup in 1968

Caine, Sir Michael US English

(1933-), English actor; born Maurice Micklewhite. Notable movies: The Ipcress File (1965), Educating Rita (1983), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), and The Cider House Rules (1999)

Bing, Sir Rudolf US English

(1902–97), British opera conductor and manager; born in Austria. He was conductor and director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City 1950–72. In 1955, he hired Marian Anderson, ending the Met’s unwritten ban against African Americans. He was knighted in 1971

Cooper, Sir Henry US English

(1934–2011), English boxer, the only man to win a Lonsdale belt outright three times. He knocked down Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) in 1963, but a bad cut inflicted by the same opponent in 1966 in his only world title fight hastened his retirement in 1971

Coward, Sir Noël US English

(1899–1973), English playwright, actor, and composer; full name Sir Noël Pierce Coward. He is remembered for witty, satirical plays, such as Hay Fever (1925) and Private Lives (1930), as well as for revues and musicals featuring songs such as “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” (1932)

Cunard, Sir Samuel US English

(1787–1865), British shipowner; born in Canada. He founded the steamship company that still bears his name with the aid of a contract that began in 1840 to carry the mail between Britain and Canada

Elgar, Sir Edward US English

(1857–1934), English composer; full name Sir Edward William Elgar. He is known for the five Pomp and Circumstance marches (1901–30)

Epstein, Sir Jacob US English

(1880–1959), British sculptor; born in the US. A founder of the Vorticist group, he later had great success with his modeled portraits of the famous, in particular Einstein (1933)

Evans, Sir Arthur US English

(1851–1941), English archaeologist; full name Sir Arthur John Evans. His excavations at Knossos (1899–1935) resulted in the discovery of the Bronze Age civilization of Crete, which he named Minoan after the legendary Cretan king Minos

Ferguson, Sir Alex US English

(B.1941), Scottish football manager and footballer; full name Alexander Chapman Ferguson. He managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013, winning the Premier League Championship thirteen times, the European Champions League twice, and the FA Cup five times

Dewar, Sir James US English

(1842–1923), Scottish chemist and physicist. He devised the vacuum flask, achieved temperatures close to absolute zero, and was the first to produce liquid oxygen and hydrogen in quantity

Drake, Sir Francis US English

(Circa 1540–96), English sailor and explorer. In his ship the Golden Hind he was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe (1577–80). He also played an important part in the defeat of the Spanish Armada

Dolin, Sir Anton US English

(1904–83), English ballet dancer and choreographer; born Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-Kay. He was the first artistic director of the London Festival Ballet (1950–61), as well as first soloist

Doll, Sir Richard US English

(1912–2005), English physician; full name William Richard Shaboe Doll. With Sir A. Bradford Hill (1897–1991) he was the first to show a statistical link between smoking and lung cancer

Davy, Sir Humphry US English

(1778–1829), English chemist; a pioneer of electrochemistry. He discovered nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and the elements sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, and barium. He also identified and named the element chlorine, determined the properties of iodine, and demonstrated that diamond was a form of carbon

Foster, Sir Norman US English

Baron Foster of Thames Bank (b.1935), English architect; full name Norman Robert Foster. His work is notable for its sophisticated engineering approach and technological style. Examples include the Terminal Zone at Stansted Airport (1991) and the German Reichstag building in Berlin (1998)

Fuchs, Sir Vivian US English

(1908–99), English geologist and explorer; full name Sir Vivian Ernest Fuchs. He made the first overland crossing of the Antarctic 1955–58. His party met Sir Edmund Hillary’s New Zealand contingent, approaching from the opposite direction, at the South Pole

Grove, Sir George US English

(1820–1900), English musicologist. He was the founder and first editor of the multivolume Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1879–89), which is now named for him in its later editions, and served as the first director of the Royal College of Music 1883–94

Gresley, Sir Nigel US English

(1876–1941), British railway engineer; full name Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley. He is most famous for designing express steam locomotives, such as the A4 class exemplified by theMallard


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