Dear Sir or Madam

Dear Sir or Madam
Dear Sir or Madam
used to begin a formal letter when you do not know whether the person you are writing to is a man or a woman: »

Dear Sir or Madam, I am writing to inform you that I wish to cancel my credit card.

Main Entry: Sir

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Dear Sir and Madam — polite salutation used at the beginning of a letter to a man and woman …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Sir — UK US /sɜːr/ noun [S] FORMAL ► a formal and polite way of speaking to a man: »May I help you, Sir? ● Dear Sir Cf. Dear Sir ● Dear Sir or Madam Cf. Dear Sir or Madam ● …   Financial and business terms

  • Dear Sirs — Dear Sir/Sirs/Madam/ phrase used at the beginning of a very formal letter, for example to a company or to someone you have never met Dear Sirs, I am writing to complain about your telephone helpline. Thesaurus: expressions used in letters and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Madam — This article is about the title. For other uses, see Madam (disambiguation). Mme redirects here. For other uses, see MME (disambiguation). Madam, or madame, is a polite title used for women which, in English, is the equivalent of Mrs. or Ms., and …   Wikipedia

  • dear — dear1 S1 [dıə US dır] interjection Oh dear used to show that you are surprised, upset, or annoyed because something bad has happened ▪ Oh dear, I ve broken the lamp. ▪ I think I m getting a cold. Oh dear! dear 2 dear2 S2 n 1.) used when speaking… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dear — dear1 [ dır ] adjective *** ▸ 1 at beginning of letter ▸ 2 loved/liked very much ▸ 3 expensive ▸ 4 used for speaking to someone ▸ 5 nice ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) Dear used in front of someone s name at the beginning of a letter to them: Dear Diana, I… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dear — I UK [dɪə(r)] / US [dɪr] adjective Word forms dear : adjective dear comparative dearer superlative dearest *** 1) Dear used in front of someone s name at the beginning of a letter to them Dear Diana, I hope you re feeling better now. 2) loved or… …   English dictionary

  • dear*/*/*/ — [dɪə] adj I 1) Dear used in front of someone s name or title at the beginning of a letter to them Dear Diana, I hope you re feeling better now.[/ex] Dear Sir or Madam[/ex] 2) loved, or liked very much a dear friend[/ex] 3) expensive Their… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • dear — I [[t]dɪər[/t]] adj., er, est, n. adv. interj. 1) beloved; loved 2) (used in the salutation of a letter as an expression of affection or respect or as a conventional greeting): Dear Sir or Madam[/ex] 3) cherished: our dearest possessions[/ex] 4)… …   From formal English to slang

  • Dear — as part of a formal greeting at the beginning of a letter, was introduced in the 15c in various formulas. Dear Sir and Dear Madam have become the most formal types, with Dear Mr Jones and Dear Mrs/Miss/Ms Jones serving as more socially neutral… …   Modern English usage

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