one of the counties of Great Britain.
the Shires, the counties in the Midlands in which hunting is especially popular.
- subshire, noun
- un·der·shire, noun
Other definitions for Shire (2 of 3)
one of an English breed of large, strong draft horses having a usually brown or bay coat with white markings.
Other definitions for Shiré (3 of 3)
a river in SE Africa, flowing S from Lake Malawi to the Zambezi River. 370 miles (596 km) long.
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How to use shire in a sentence
Yes, they left out Tom Bombadil and the Scouring of the shire.
How long it would be, even in the most favourable chance, before she should again enter the shire-hall!Ruth | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
He is once more upon Yorkshire ground; his horse's hoof beats once more the soil of that noble shire.Rookwood | William Harrison Ainsworth
Stamford, and the tongue of Lincoln's fenny shire, upon which it is situated, were passed almost in a breath.Rookwood | William Harrison Ainsworth
A quiet, staunch, useful man in shire and church and all the relations of life, and "as good as they make 'em."Thirty Years in Australia | Ada Cambridge
In 1774 he was chosen knight of the shire for Berkshire, and his conduct in parliament was perfectly independent.The Book of Curiosities | I. Platts
British Dictionary definitions for shire (1 of 3)
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
British Dictionary definitions for shire (2 of 3)
(tr) Ulster dialect to refresh or rest: let me get my head shired
British Dictionary definitions for Shire (3 of 3)
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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