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1sire

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

1
a :  father
b archaic :  male ancestor :  forefather
c :  author, originator
2
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
3
:  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

2sire

transitive verb

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

: to become the father of (a child)

siredsir·ing

Full Definition of SIRE

1
:  beget —used especially of male domestic animals
2
:  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

1611

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

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

Rhymes with SIRE

SIRING Defined for Kids

1sire

noun \ˈsīr\

Definition of SIRE for Kids

1
often cap :  1father 1
2
:  the male parent of a domestic animal
3
—used in the past to address a man of rank (as a king) <Your horses are ready, sire.>

2sire

verb
siredsir·ing

Definition of SIRE for Kids

:  to become the father of

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