- The definition of a sire is a term for figure of authority, or a father of a four-legged animal.
An example of a sire is a king.
- To sire is to impregnate a female animal.
An example of sire is for a blue-ribbon horse to be the father of a baby horse.
- Archaic a person of authority; man of high rank
- [S-] a title of respect used in addressing a king, equivalent to “your majesty”
- Old Poet. a father or forefather
- the male parent of an animal, esp. of a four-legged mammal
Origin of sireMiddle English from OFr, a master from Classical Latin senior: see senior
transitive verbsired, sir′ing
- A biological father.
- a. The male parent of an animal, especially a domesticated mammal.b. The plant or gamete responsible for fertilizing an ovule that develops into a seed.
- Archaic A male ancestor; a forefather.
- Archaic A gentleman of rank.
- Archaic Used as a form of address for a superior, especially a king.
transitive verbsired, sir·ing, sires
- To be the biological father of (a child).
- To be the male individual or gamete producing (an animal's offspring or a plant's seed) through sexual reproduction: the boar that sired the litter; pollen grains siring seeds.
Origin of sireMiddle English from Old French from Vulgar Latin seior from Latin senior older comparative of senex old ; see sen- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sires, present participle siring, simple past and past participle sired)