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Titles

titulatuur, titulature, Titulatur

Titles/forms of address are spelled with a capital letter. American usage prefers a full stop (Mr., Mrs., Ms.)

Common forms of address:

Mr (mister, for an adult man)

Mrs (for a married woman)

Ms (for an adult woman)

Miss (for an unmarried woman of any age)

Titles are used before a person’s name to show respect and are a fairly formal way of talking about someone.

… Doctor Rijkmans

… Lord Lucan

… Lady Windermere

… Captain John Boorman

… Mrs/Mrs. Dalloway

… Mr/Mr. Fosdick-Smythe

Titles also show someone’s social status or job.

Some of the most common titles in British English and their abbreviations:

Congressman

Doctor / Dr/Dr.

Father

Governor / Gov.

Imam

Inspector / Insp.

Justice

King

Lord/Lady

President / Pres.

Prince/Princess

Professor / Prof.

Queen

Rabbi

Representative / Rep.

Saint / St/St.

Sir

Titles commonly used without names

Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

the Archbishop of Canterbury

the President of the United States

the Bishop of Birmingham

Most words that are titles can also be countable nouns, usually without a capital letter:

… lawyers, scholars, poets, presidents and so on.

Last modified:15 September 2017 9.00 p.m.