Shire meaning

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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.

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A Shire horse.
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(place) River in SE Africa, flowing from Lake Malawi south into the Zambezi: c. 250 mi (402 km)
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Former administrative area of Britain; a county.

Yorkshire is the largest shire in England.

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(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?"

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A rural or outer suburban local government area of Australia.
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A shire horse.
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A former administrative division of Great Britain, equivalent to a county.
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Any of the former districts or regions in Great Britain.
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Any of the counties of England, esp. one with a name ending in -shire.
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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.
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the Shires
  • the counties of EC England, esp. Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire
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the Shires

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.

    From Wiktionary