- a river in SE Africa, flowing S from Lake Malawi to the Zambezi River. 370 miles (596 km) long.
- 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 shiré
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).