Sri is pronounced somewhere between “shree” and “sree.” Its meaning is rooted in the Vedic concept of prosperity. Because the meaning of Sri is contextual and complex, some believe that it is best left untranslated. For example, some English translations, such as “lord,” have very different and inaccurate connotations.
When Sri is used to denote status, it may be repeated as many as five times. The form for married women is Shrimati. It may also be used as an honorific prefix for the names of objects, such as the Sikh holy book, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib.