The early form of ‘sir’, originally placed before a man’s name to indicate that he was a knight. The word basically means ‘senior’. The knightly prefix developed into ‘sir’: ‘sire’ became a special term from the thirteenth century which was used to address a king, the equivalent of ‘your Majesty’. This usage seems to have lasted until the sixteenth century, when it faded.
   In modern times ‘sire’ would probably only be used in jest, e.g. by a wife responding to a husband who was issuing regal orders.

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