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Meaning of SHIRE

Pronunciation:  shIr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  British breed of large heavy draft horse
  2. [n]  (British) a former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county

SHIRE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: shire horse
 See Also: administrative district, administrative division, county town, draft horse, draught horse, dray horse, shire town, territorial division



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Shire\, n. [AS. sc[=i]re, sc[=i]r, a division, province,
county. Cf. {Sheriff}.]
1. A portion of Great Britain originally under the
   supervision of an earl; a territorial division, usually
   identical with a county, but sometimes limited to a
   smaller district; as, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Richmondshire,

         An indefinite number of these hundreds make up a
         county or shire.                      --Blackstone.

2. A division of a State, embracing several contiguous
   townships; a county. [U. S.]

Note: Shire is commonly added to the specific designation of
      a county as a part of its name; as, Yorkshire instead
      of York shire, or the shire of York; Berkshire instead
      of Berks shire. Such expressions as the county of
      Yorkshire, which in a strict sense are tautological,
      are used in England. In the United States the composite
      word is sometimes the only name of a county; as,
      Berkshire county, as it is called in Massachusetts,
      instead of Berks county, as in Pensylvania.

            The Tyne, Tees, Humber, Wash, Yare, Stour, and
            Thames separate the counties of Northumberland,
            Durham, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, etc. --Encyc.

{Knight of the shire}. See under {Knight}.

{Shire clerk}, an officer of a county court; also, an under
   sheriff. [Eng.]

{Shire mote} (Old. Eng. Law), the county court; sheriff's
   turn, or court. [Obs.] --Cowell. --Blackstone.

{Shire reeve} (Old Eng. Law), the reeve, or bailiff, of a
   shire; a sheriff. --Burrill.

{Shire town}, the capital town of a county; a county town.

{Shire wick}, a county; a shire. [Obs.] --Holland.