- the male parent of a quadruped.
- a respectful term of address, now used only to a male sovereign.
- a father or forefather.
- a person of importance or in a position of authority, as a lord.
- to beget; procreate as the father.
Origin of sire
Examples from the Web for sire
Historical Examples of sire
They are a free company, sire, and they are called the White Company.
"We are your subjects, sire," said the Gascon barons, though with no very good grace.
They have journeyed far, sire, but they have never yet found their match.
"Old John will bide at home, sire," said the rugged soldier.
You won't get the dates exact and the name and number of each dam and sire.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- a male parent, esp of a horse or other domestic animal
- a respectful term of address, now used only in addressing a male monarch
- obsolete a man of high rank
- (tr) (esp of a domestic animal) to father; beget
Word Origin for sire
c.1200, title placed before a name and denoting knighthood, from Old French sire "lord (appellation), sire, my lord," from Vulgar Latin *seior, from Latin senior "older, elder" (see senior (adj.)). Standing alone and meaning "your majesty" it is attested from early 13c. General sense of "important elderly man" is from mid-14c.; that of "father, male parent" is from mid-13c.
"to beget, to be the sire of," 1610s, from sire (n.). Used chiefly of beasts, especially of stallions. Related: Sired; siring.