noun \ˈsī(-ə)r\

—used formerly to address a man of rank or authority (such as a king or lord)

: a male parent of some animals (such as dogs and horses)

Full Definition of SIRE

a :  father
b archaic :  male ancestor :  forefather
c :  author, originator
a archaic :  a man of rank or authority; especially :  lord —used formerly as a form of address and as a title
b obsolete :  an elderly man :  senior
:  the male parent of an animal and especially of a domestic animal

Examples of SIRE

  1. <his sire had been a renowned Wall Street lawyer>
  2. <the revered sire of the impressionist movement in art>

Origin of SIRE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, lord, feudal superior, from Vulgar Latin *seior, alteration of Latin senior older — more at senior
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to SIRE

Other Forms of Address Terms

appellation, beatitude, brethren, emeritus, esquire, sous


transitive verb

of an animal : to become the father of (an animal)

: to become the father of (a child)


Full Definition of SIRE

:  beget —used especially of male domestic animals
:  to bring into being :  originate

Examples of SIRE

  1. The horse sired several champion racers.
  2. <the champion racehorse went on to sire a long line of winners>

First Known Use of SIRE


Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with SIRE


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