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sire

noun \ ˈsī(-ə)r \
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018
1 a : father
b archaic : male ancestor : forefather
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 in a Sentence

  1. his sire had been a renowned Wall Street lawyer

  2. the revered sire of the impressionist movement in art

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Origin and Etymology of sire

Middle English, from Anglo-French, lord, feudal superior, from Vulgar Latin *seior, alteration of Latin senior older — more at senior

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sire

verb
sired; siring
1 : beget used especially of male domestic animals
2 : to bring into being : originate

Examples of sire in a Sentence

  1. The horse sired several champion racers.

  2. the champion racehorse went on to sire a long line of winners

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First Known Use of sire

1611

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sire Synonyms

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SIRE Defined for English Language Learners

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)


sire

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

  • : to become the father of (a child)


SIRE Defined for Kids

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sire

noun \ ˈsīr \
1 often capitalized : 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.

2

sire

verb
sired; siring
: to become the father of

Medical Dictionary

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sire

noun \ ˈsī(ə)r \
: the male parent of an animal and especially of a domestic animal

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sire

transitive verb
sired; siring
: to procreate as the male parent of


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