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sire

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noun \ˈsī(-ə)r\

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 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

Other Forms of Address Terms


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sire

verb

Definition of sire

sired

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siring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  beget —used especially of male domestic animals

  3. 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

First Known Use of sire

1611

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


SIRE Defined for English Language Learners

sire

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noun

Definition of sire for English Language Learners

  • —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

verb

Definition of sire for English Language Learners

  • 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

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noun \ˈsīr\

Definition of sire for Students

  1. 1 often cap :  1father 1

  2. 2 :  the male parent of a domestic animal

  3. 3 —used in the past to address a man of rank (as a king) Your horses are ready, sire.


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sire

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verb

Definition of sire for Students

sired

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siring

  1. :  to become the father of


Medical Dictionary

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sire

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noun \ˈsī(ə)r\

Medical Definition of sire

  1. :  the male parent of an animal and especially of a domestic animal


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sire

transitive verb

Medical Definition of sire

sired

;

siring

  1. :  to procreate as the male parent of



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