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

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.

Antonyms for entire

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  • Throughout the dinner their entire absorption in each other was all but unbroken.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • This illuminated the entire room, but in a partial and dismal manner.

  • Yet Andy's change of horses at Sullivan's place changed the entire problem.

  • Most people spent their entire lives in the same town or the same countryside.

  • She had already forgotten the entire matter, and was deep in the merits of collars!

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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