The policeman activated the siren on his patrol vehicle as he sped down the highway.
- An example of a siren is the sound from a police car as it moves through traffic.
- An example of a siren is an adult movie star.
- An example of a siren is a mermaid.
- Class. Myth. any of several sea nymphs, represented as part bird and part woman, who lure sailors to their death on rocky coasts by seductive singing
- a woman who uses her sexual attractiveness to entice or allure men; a woman who is considered seductive
- an acoustical device in which steam or air is driven against a rotating, perforated disk so as to produce sound; specif., such a device producing a loud, often wailing sound, used esp. as a warning signal
- an electronic device that produces a similar sound
- any of a family (Sirenidae) of slender, eel-shaped salamanders without hind legs; esp., the mud eel
Origin of sirenMiddle English syrene from Old French from Late Latin Sirena, for Classical Latin Siren from Classical Greek Seir?n from uncertain or unknown; perhaps seira, cord, rope (hence, origin, originally uncertain or unknown; perhaps one who snares, entangles) from Indo-European base an unverified form twer-, to grasp
- a. A device in which compressed air or steam is driven against a rotating perforated disk to create a loud, often wailing sound as a signal or warning.b. An electronic device producing a similar sound as a signal or warning: a police car siren.
- Any of several slender aquatic salamanders of the family Sirenidae of eastern North America, having external gills, small forelimbs, and no hind limbs.
Origin of sirenFrench sirène from Old French sereine Siren from Late Latin Sīrēna from Latin Sīrēn from Greek Seirēn
- Greek Mythology One of a group of sea nymphs who by their sweet singing lured mariners to destruction on the rocks surrounding their island.
- siren A woman regarded as irresistibly alluring.
Origin of SirenMiddle English serein from Old French sereine ; see siren .
(plural sirens or sirenes)
- (original sense) (Greek mythology) One of a group of nymphs who lured mariners to their death on the rocks.
- A device, either mechanical or electronic, that makes a piercingly loud sound as an alarm or signal, or the sound from such a device.
- A musical instrument, one of the few aerophones in the percussion section of the symphony orchestra.
- A dangerously seductive woman.
- A common name for salamanders of Siren and Sirenidae.
- A common name for mammals of Sirenia.
- Relating to or like a siren.
From Middle English, itself from Middle French sereine (itself from Late Latin sirena) and from Latin SÄ«rÄ“n, ultimately from Ancient Greek Î£ÎµÎ¹ÏÎ®Î½ (SeirÄ“n).