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

: a county in England

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

Full Definition of SHIRE

:  an administrative subdivision; especially :  a county in England
:  any of an old breed of large heavy draft horses of British origin having heavily feathered legs

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Origin of SHIRE

Middle English, from Old English scīr office, shire; akin to Old High German scīra care
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with SHIRE


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

Definition of SHIRE

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


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