See also: Sire, şire, šire, and šíře

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English sire, from Old French sire, the nominative singular of seignor; from Latin senior, from senex. Doublet of senior, seigneur, seignior, sir, and monsieur.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /saɪə(ɹ)/
  • Rhymes: -aɪə(ɹ)
  • (file)
 
As King of England, William III would be addressed as Your Majesty or sire.
 
Darley Arabian, one of the foundation sires of the thoroughbred breed of horse.

NounEdit

sire (plural sires)

  1. A lord, master, or other person in authority, most commonly used vocatively: formerly in speaking to elders and superiors, later only when addressing a sovereign.
  2. A male animal that has fathered a particular offspring (especially used of domestic animals and/or in biological research).
  3. (obsolete) A father; the head of a family; the husband.
  4. (obsolete) A creator; a maker; an author; an originator.

Coordinate termsEdit

  • (male animal): dam

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VerbEdit

sire (third-person singular simple present sires, present participle siring, simple past and past participle sired)

  1. (transitive, of a male) to father; to beget.

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DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From German zieren.

VerbEdit

sire

  1. (archaic) adorn
  2. (archaic, by extension, especially in the passive participle) endow with a favorable quality

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French sire (nominative form), from Vulgar Latin *seior (used as a term of address), a contracted form of Latin senior (compare French seigneur, derived from the accusative form), perhaps influenced by maior. Doublet of senior.

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NounEdit

sire m (plural sires)

  1. (obsolete) sire (term of respect)
  2. (obsolete) lord

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French sire. See also sere. Doublet of signore.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

sire m (invariable)

  1. king, monarch (only when addressing a sovereign)
    Synonyms: re, sovrano, monarca, maestà

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Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French sire, nominative singular of seignor, from Latin senior. Doublet of senyour.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈsiːr(ə)/, /ˈsir(ə)/, /ˈsɛr(ə)/

NounEdit

sire (plural sires)

  1. Used preceding the name or title of a knight, noble, or cleric.
  2. A respectful term of address for a noble or gentleman.
  3. A noble or lord; one of high station.
  4. A husband as the head of a household.
  5. A father as one's progenitor.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: sir; sire
  • Scots: sir; sire

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Old FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

sire m

  1. nominative singular of sieur

PaliEdit

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

sire

  1. locative singular of siras

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French sire.

NounEdit

sire m (uncountable)

  1. sire

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Serbo-CroatianEdit

VerbEdit

sire (Cyrillic spelling сире)

  1. third-person plural present of siriti

SloveneEdit

NounEdit

sire

  1. accusative plural of sir