An area in the rural midlands of England is an example of a shire.
"When are you coming back to the shire?"
- the counties of EC England, esp. Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of shire
- Middle English from Old English scīr official charge, administrative district
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old English scir, from Proto-Germanic *skīrō, *skīzō.