Sunset over a shire.
Shire is defined as very rural parts of England or to counties in England.
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 scīra, official charge
the counties of EC England, esp. Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire
river in SE Africa, flowing from Lake Malawi south into the Zambezi: c. 250 mi (402 km)
- A former administrative division of Great Britain, equivalent to a county.
- often Shire A Shire horse.
Origin of shireMiddle English, from Old English scīr, 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.