- one of the counties of Great Britain.
- the Shires, the counties in the Midlands in which hunting is especially popular.
Origin of shire
- one of an English breed of large, strong draft horses having a usually brown or bay coat with white markings.
Origin of Shire
- a river in SE Africa, flowing S from Lake Malawi to the Zambezi River. 370 miles (596 km) long.
Examples from the Web for shire
Yes, they left out Tom Bombadil and the Scouring of the Shire.George R.R. Martin's Top 10 Fantasy Films
George R.R. Martin
April 11, 2011
Burns will soon be read by lexicon, even in the shire of Ayr.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
That one captain might be named in every shire which might command.Fox's Book of Martyrs
It was no secret: was ever such a thing secret in the shire of Argyll?Gilian The Dreamer
Glenfinnin is in the shire of Inverness, and the parish of Glenelg.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745
This is one of its peculiar institutions; for it is a shire town.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
- one of the British counties
- (in combination)Yorkshire
- (in Australia) a rural district having its own local council
- See shire horse
- the Midland counties of England, esp Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, famous for hunting, etc
- (tr) Ulster dialect to refresh or restlet me get my head shired
- a river in E central Africa, flowing from Lake Malawi through Malawi and Mozambique to the Zambezi. Length: 596 km (370 miles)
Word Origin and History for shire
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).