[ sahyuhr ]
/ saɪər /
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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.
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 siresireless, 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
/ (saɪə) /
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
C13: from Old French, from Latin senior an elder, from senex an old man
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