verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of siren
Examples from the Web for siren
That song would soon morph from the jaunty clip of the light rail to the siren sounds of jazz.
Year after year, our children fall prey to the siren that is heroin.
Few of us are immune to the siren calls of awesome stuff (or just a better school district for the kids).
I spent most of the day inwardly bracing myself for the piercing shriek of a siren to break the silence of the city.
Yesterday, denizens of Tel Aviv scrambled for cover when a siren went off around midday.
The ancient name of Naples, from the siren Parthenope, who is said to be buried there.Quintus Claudius, Volume 1 of 2|Ernst Eckstein
As the big craft, dipping her ensign and blowing her siren, heaved ahead, a shout of enthusiasm went up.The Boy Aviators' Flight for a Fortune|Wilbur Lawton
Then they bent to their oars with giant strokes, and in a little while were safe under the Siren's guns.Twelve Naval Captains|Molly Elliot Seawell
It was the vessel's siren blowing a greeting to the young adventurers of the air.The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise|Margaret Burnham
It possesses, moreover, a moo which is a blend between a ship's siren and a taxicab's honk syringe.
- a woman considered to be dangerously alluring or seductive
- (as modifier)her siren charms
Word Origin for siren
mid-14c., "sea nymph who by her singing lures sailors to their destruction," from Old French sereine (12c., Modern French sirène) and directly from Latin Siren (Late Latin Sirena), from Greek Seiren ["Odyssey," xii.39 ff.], one of the Seirenes, mythical sisters who enticed sailors to their deaths with their songs, also in Greek "a deceitful woman," perhaps literally "binder, entangler," from seira "cord, rope."
Meaning "device that makes a warning sound" (on an ambulance, etc.) first recorded 1879, in reference to steamboats, perhaps from similar use of the French word. Figurative sense of "one who sings sweetly and charms" is recorded from 1580s. The classical descriptions of them were mangled in medieval translations and glosses, resulting in odd notions of what they looked like.