sire

[ sahyuh r ]
/ saɪər /

noun

the male parent of a quadruped.
a respectful term of address, now used only to a male sovereign.
Archaic.
  1. a father or forefather.
  2. a person of importance or in a position of authority, as a lord.

verb (used with object), sired, sir·ing.

to beget; procreate as the father.

Nearby words

  1. sir-reverence,
  2. sirach,
  3. siracusa,
  4. siraj-ud-daula,
  5. sirdar,
  6. siree,
  7. siren,
  8. sirena,
  9. sirenian,
  10. sirenic

Origin of sire

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French (nominative singular) < Vulgar Latin *seior, for Latin senior senior (compare French monsieur orig., my lord, with sieur < *seiōr-, oblique stem of *seior)

Related formssire·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sire

sire

/ (saɪə) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) (esp of a domestic animal) to father; beget

Word Origin for sire

C13: from Old French, from Latin senior an elder, from senex an old man

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