sire

noun
\ ˈsī(-ə)r How to pronounce sire (audio) \

Definition of sire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : father
b archaic : male ancestor : forefather
2a 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

sire

verb
sired; siring

Definition of sire (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : beget used especially of male domestic animals
2 : to bring into being : originate

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Synonyms for sire

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of sire in a Sentence

Noun his sire had been a renowned Wall Street lawyer the revered sire of the impressionist movement in art Verb The horse sired several champion racers. the champion racehorse went on to sire a long line of winners
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The field is headed by The Best Feeling, who gave his sire, Docs Best Card, his first ever stakes winner in the $60,000 Far West Futurity on Nov. 9. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Santa Anita ready for signature season," 26 Dec. 2020 Star Guitar is now a successful sire and has a Fair Grounds bar named after him as well as stakes race that will run later in the meet. Michael Beychok, NOLA.com, "Check out Chok's Choices for Saturday's Fair Grounds races; all races feature Louisiana-bred horses," 11 Dec. 2020 Sire is American Pharoah, a Triple Crown Winner and great turf sire. Michael Beychok, NOLA.com, "Check out Chok's Choices for Thursday's Fair Grounds races," 16 Dec. 2020 Into Mischief, his sire, who can breed to around 200 mares a year, has a fee of $225,000. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Authentic retires from racing," 9 Nov. 2020 Bad luck for a potential hometown champion, but the scratch immediately set up Art Collector as a fresh challenger for the Preakness (a race his sire, Bernardini, won in 2006). Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Preakness storylines: Can Derby champ Authentic assert himself as nation’s top 3-year-old?," 26 Sep. 2020 Still, that's pretty lame, especially when Major Fed's sire has one of the coolest horse names of all time: Ghostzapper. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "2020 Kentucky Derby horse names, ranked," 5 Sep. 2020 Into Mischief’s sire was Harlan’s Holiday, who has Kentucky Derby experience. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby winner Authentic, son of Into Mischief, has winning deep in bloodline," 5 Sep. 2020 This is another horse with a very traditional name, one honoring its sire, Constitution, and its dam, Tizfiz. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "2020 Kentucky Derby horse names, ranked," 5 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Global Empire: Sired by American Pharoah who is a prolific turf sire early on. Michael Beychok, NOLA.com, "Check out Chok's Choices for Saturday's Fair Grounds races," 15 Jan. 2021 Rene-Wasatch Renegade, sire of two field champions was a Labrador retriever, and things that splashed were things to fetch. Bill Tarrant, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: And I Do Not Walk Alone," 25 Nov. 2020 Vequist’s name is a combination of the dam, Vero Amore, and sire, Nyquist. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Breeders' Cup roundup: Vequist rallies to win Juvenile Fillies; is Kentucky Oaks next?," 6 Nov. 2020 If all goes well, conservationists hope that Kurt will sire a healthy line of offspring that could one day be returned to the wild. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Cloned an Endangered Wild Horse Using the Decades-Old Frozen Cells of a Stallion," 15 Oct. 2020 His post-racing highlight was siring a Venezuelan horse of the year before dying at age 11. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Unlike many Belmont Stakes winners, this year's will be remembered forever," 21 May 2020 Along with his companion, Sanura, Themba sired three offspring in 2011, two males and one female. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Milwaukee County Zoo announced that Themba, an African lion, has died," 8 May 2020 Cincinnati: The city’s zoo has welcomed a new baby giraffe shortly after losing the 12-year-old male giraffe that sired him. USA TODAY, "A subway Thanksgiving, too-high horse, gift wrap wars: News from around our 50 states," 27 Nov. 2019 The father, Rafiki, 21, has sired all 14 giraffe born at the zoo, the statement said. USA TODAY, "Ballet for seniors, Dr. Fauci bobblehead, Patriots’ plane ferries N95 masks: News from around our 50 states," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sire

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sire

Noun

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

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The first known use of sire was in the 13th century

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“Sire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sire. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for sire

sire

noun
How to pronounce sire (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used formerly to address a man of rank or authority (such as a king or lord)
technical : a male parent of some animals (such as dogs and horses)

sire

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sire (Entry 2 of 2)

of an animal : to become the father of (an animal)
old-fashioned : to become the father of (a child)

sire

noun
\ ˈsīr How to pronounce sire (audio) \

Kids Definition of sire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 often capitalized : father entry 1 sense 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.

sire

verb
sired; siring

Kids Definition of sire (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become the father of

sire

noun
\ ˈsī(ə)r How to pronounce sire (audio) \

Medical Definition of sire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the male parent of an animal and especially of a domestic animal
sired; siring

Medical Definition of sire (Entry 2 of 2)

: to procreate as the male parent of

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