Definition of shire
1 : an administrative subdivision; especially : a county in England
2 : any of an old breed of large heavy draft horses of British origin having heavily feathered legs
Recent Examples of shire from the Web
Shire said the U.A.E. military base at Assab consists of an airport and a naval facility.
Everything is going so well that the town has reached out to New South Wales, hoping to get something going with the Australian shire of Bland.
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Origin and Etymology of shire
Middle English, from Old English scīr office, shire; akin to Old High German scīra care
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of Shire
river 250 miles (400 kilometers) long in southern Malawi and central Mozambique flowing from Lake Malawi south into the Zambezi River
SHIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shire for English Language Learners
: a county in England
: a type of tall, strong horse used for pulling heavy loads
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