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Shiré

[shee-rey]
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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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British Dictionary definitions for shiré

shire1

noun
    1. one of the British counties
    2. (in combination)Yorkshire
  1. (in Australia) a rural district having its own local council
  2. See shire horse
  3. 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

verb
  1. (tr) Ulster dialect to refresh or restlet me get my head shired

Word Origin

from Old English scīr clear

Shire

Shir

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 shiré

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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