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shire

[shahyuh r] /ʃaɪər/
noun
1.
one of the counties of Great Britain.
2.
the Shires, the counties in the Midlands in which hunting is especially popular.
Origin of shire
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English scīr office of administration, jurisdiction of such an office, county
Related forms
subshire, noun
undershire, noun

Shire

[shahyuh r] /ʃaɪər/
noun
1.
one of an English breed of large, strong draft horses having a usually brown or bay coat with white markings.
Origin
1875-80; apparently so called because it was bred in the shires, i.e., those counties of west and central England whose names end in -shire

Shiré

[shee-rey] /ˈʃi reɪ/
noun
1.
a river in SE Africa, flowing S from Lake Malawi to the Zambezi River. 370 miles (596 km) long.
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shire1

/ʃaɪə/
noun
1.
  1. one of the British counties
  2. (in combination): Yorkshire
2.
(in Australia) a rural district having its own local council
3.
4.
the Midland counties of England, esp Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, famous for hunting, etc
Word Origin
Old English scīr office; related to Old High German scīra business

shire2

/ʃaɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive) (Ulster, dialect) to refresh or rest: let me get my head shired
Word Origin
from Old English scīr clear

Shire

/ˈʃɪəreɪ/
noun
1.
a river in E central Africa, flowing from Lake Malawi through Malawi and Mozambique to the Zambezi. Length: 596 km (370 miles)
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Word Origin and History for shire
n.

Old English scir "administrative office, jurisdiction, stewardship, authority," also in particular use "district, province, country," from Proto-Germanic *skizo (cf. Old High German scira "care, official charge"). Ousted since 14c. by Anglo-French county. The gentrified sense is from The Shires (1796), used by people in other parts of England of those counties that end in -shire; sense transferred to "hunting country of the Midlands" (1860).

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