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noun \ ˈshī(-ə)r , in place-name compounds ˌshir , shər \

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

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Origin and Etymology of shire

Middle English, from Old English scīr office, shire; akin to Old High German scīra care


Shire

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geographical name Shi·re \ ˈshē-(ˌ)rā , ˈshir-ē \

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

shire

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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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