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shire

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noun \ˈshī(-ə)r, in place-name compounds ˌshir, shər\

Simple Definition of shire

  • : a county in England

  • : a type of tall, strong horse used for pulling heavy loads

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shire

  1. 1 :  an administrative subdivision; especially :  a county in England

  2. 2 :  any of an old breed of large heavy draft horses of British origin having heavily feathered legs

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Origin and Etymology of shire

Middle English, from Old English scīr office, shire; akin to Old High German scīra care


First Known Use: before 12th century


Shire

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geographical name Shi·re \ˈshē-(ˌ)rā, ˈshir-ē\

Definition of Shire

  1. river 250 miles (400 kilometers) S Malawi & cen Mozambique flowing from Lake Malawi S into the Zambezi




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