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sire

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noun \ˈsī(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of sire

  • —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. 1a :  fatherb archaic :  male ancestor :  forefatherc :  author, originator

  2. 2a archaic :  a man of rank or authority; especially :  lord —used formerly as a form of address and as a titleb obsolete :  an elderly man :  senior

  3. 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

Other Forms of Address Terms


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sire

transitive verb

Simple Definition of sire

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

  • : to become the father of (a child)

Full Definition of sire

siredsir·ing

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

  2. 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>



1611

First Known Use of sire

1611

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

Rhymes with sire



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