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siren

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noun si·ren \ˈsī-rən, for 3 also sī-ˈrēn\

Simple Definition of siren

  • : a piece of equipment that produces a loud, high-pitched warning sound

  • : a woman who is very attractive but also dangerous

  • Siren : one of a group of female creatures in Greek mythology whose singing attracted sailors and caused them to sail into dangerous water or toward rocks

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of siren

  1. 1 often capitalized :  any of a group of female and partly human creatures in Greek mythology that lured mariners to destruction by their singing

  2. 2a :  a woman who sings with enchanting sweetnessb :  temptressc :  temptation 2

  3. 3a :  an apparatus producing musical tones especially in acoustical studies by the rapid interruption of a current of air, steam, or fluid by a perforated rotating diskb :  a device often electrically operated for producing a penetrating warning sound <an ambulance siren> <an air-raid siren>

  4. 4 [New Latin, from Latin] :  either of two North American eel-shaped amphibians that constitute a genus (Siren) and have small forelimbs but neither hind legs nor pelvis and have permanent external gills as well as lungs

Examples of siren in a sentence

  1. the wailing of air-raid sirens

  2. <one of history's most famous sirens, Cleopatra charmed both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony>



Origin and Etymology of siren

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French sereine, from Late Latin sirena, from Latin siren, from Greek seirēn


First Known Use: 14th century


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siren

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adjective si·ren \ˈsī-rən\

Definition of siren

  1. :  resembling that of a siren :  enticing



1568

First Known Use of siren

1568



SIREN Defined for Kids

siren

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noun si·ren \ˈsī-rən\

Definition of siren for Students

  1. :  a device that makes a loud warning sound <an ambulance siren>





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