- The definition of a siren is a wailing sound made by passing air through a rotating disc, or a beautiful woman who uses sex to attract men, or a mythical female creature that lures men into the sea.
- 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.
- Gr. & Rom. 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: Middle English syrene from Old French from Late Latin Sirena, for Classical Latin Siren from Glassical Greek Seirēn 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
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- 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 salamanders of the family Sirenidae, such as the mud eel, having an eellike body, permanent external gills, small forelegs, and no hind limbs.
Origin: French 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 seductive and beautiful.
Origin: Middle English serein, from Old French sereine; see siren.