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sire

[ sahyuhr ]
/ saɪər /
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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.

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Origin of sire

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

OTHER WORDS FROM sire

sireless, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for sire

  • To me has been given the privilege of siring a man, and I shall not affront him with requests for further favors.

    The Pride of Palomar|Peter B. Kyne

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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