Archaic. the whole; entirety.
an ungelded animal, especially a stallion.

Nearby words

  1. enthymeme,
  2. entia,
  3. entice,
  4. enticement,
  5. enticing,
  6. entire function,
  7. entirely,
  8. entirety,
  9. entisol,
  10. entitative

Origin of entire

1350–1400; Middle English entere < Middle French entier < Latin integrum, accusative of integer whole; see integer

Related formsen·tire·ness, nounsub·en·tire, adjective

Synonym study

1. See complete.

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Examples from the Web for entire

British Dictionary definitions for entire



(prenominal) whole; completethe entire project is going well
(prenominal) without reservation or exception; totalyou have my entire support
not broken or damaged; intact
consisting of a single piece or section; undivided; continuous
(of leaves, petals, etc) having a smooth margin not broken up into teeth or lobes
not castratedan entire horse
obsolete of one substance or kind; unmixed; pure


a less common word for entirety
an uncastrated horse
  1. a complete item consisting of an envelope, postcard, or wrapper with stamps affixed
  2. on entire(of a stamp) placed on an envelope, postcard, etc, and bearing postal directions
Derived Formsentireness, noun

Word Origin for entire

C14: from Old French entier, from Latin integer whole, from in- 1 + tangere to touch

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Word Origin and History for entire



late 14c., from Old French entier "whole, unbroken, intact, complete," from Latin integrum (nominative integer; see integer).

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