Sunset over a shire.
An area in the rural midlands of England is an example of a shire.
- any of the former districts or regions in Great Britain
- any of the counties of England, esp. one with a name ending in -shire
- any of a breed of large, powerful draft horse with feathery fetlocks, originally raised in the Shires and much used in the Middle Ages as a war horse
Origin of shireMiddle English ; from Old English scir, office, charge, akin to Old High German sc?ra, official charge
- A former administrative division of Great Britain, equivalent to a county.
- often Shire A Shire horse.
Origin of shireMiddle English, from Old English sc&imacron;r, official charge, administrative district.
- Former administrative area of Britain; a county.
- Yorkshire is the largest shire in England.
- (UK, colloquial) The general area in which a person lives, used in the context of travel within the UK:
- "When are you coming back to the shire?"
- A rural or outer suburban local government area of Australia.
- A shire horse
From Old English scir, from Proto-Germanic *skÄ«rÅ, *skÄ«zÅ.