Origin of shire
Related formssub·shire, nounun·der·shire, noun
Definition for shire (2 of 3)
Origin of Shire
Definition for shire (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for shire
Yes, they left out Tom Bombadil and the Scouring of the Shire.
Fireworks in the evening; and a public breakfast for the ladies next morning in the Shire Hall.Worcestershire in the Nineteenth Century|T. C. Turberville
It has a national purpose; it is maintained at the cost of the nation by the duty that the shire owes to it.Domesday Book and Beyond|Frederic William Maitland
As soon as you are over the bridge you are in shire Amwythig, which the Saxons call Shropshire.Wild Wales|George Borrow
At Dorchester, the old Roman settlement, the chief town of the shire, only a small remnant of the houses escaped destruction.
In it the county members—or knights of the shire—sat side by side with the burgesses of the towns.A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)|Samuel R. Gardiner.
British Dictionary definitions for shire (1 of 3)
- one of the British counties
- (in combination)Yorkshire