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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English shire, from Old English scir, from Proto-Germanic *skīrō.

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shire (plural shires)

  1. Physical area administered by a sheriff.
  2. Former administrative area of Britain; a county.
    Yorkshire is the largest shire in England.
  3. (Britain, colloquial) The general area in which a person lives, used in the context of travel within the UK.
    When are you coming back to the shire?
  4. A rural or outer suburban local government area of Australia.
  5. A shire horse.

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shire (third-person singular simple present shires, present participle shiring, simple past and past participle shired)

  1. To (re)constitute as one or more shires or counties.
    • 1985, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, page 291:
      Although he still managed formally to shire the province in the summer and autumn of 1585, his plan to establish a presidential government and complete the integration of Ulster into English Ireland met with royal indifference.
    • 2012, James Lydon, The Making of Ireland: From Ancient Times to the Present →ISBN, page 160:
      The province was shired into nine counties, []
    County Longford was shired in 1586

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DongxiangEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Mongolic *sirexe, compare Mongolian ширээ (širee).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʂiˈrə/, [ʂɨˈrɛ]

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shire

  1. table
    ijieku dunxila chukuide wo, yunjiku dunxila shire jiere wo.
    The food is in the cupboard and the things for use are on the table.

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English sċīr (shire).

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shire (plural shires or shiren)

  1. shire, district, county
    • late 14th c. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales. General Prologue: 15-16.
      And specially from every shires ende
      Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende,
      And specially from every shire's end
      Of England they to Canterbury went,
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old English sċīr (bright).

AdjectiveEdit

shire

  1. Alternative form of schyre (bright)

Etymology 3Edit

From Old English sċīran.

VerbEdit

shire

  1. Alternative form of schiren