• (RP) IPA: /ʃaɪə(ɹ)/
  • (GA) IPA: /ʃaɪəɹ/

shire (plural shires)

  1. Physical area administered by a sheriff.
  2. Former administrative area of Britain; a county.
    Yorkshire is the largest shire in England.
  3. (UK, colloquial) The general area in which a person lives or comes from, used in the context of travel within the United Kingdom.
    When are you coming back to the shire?
  4. A rural or outer suburban local government area of Australia.
  5. A shire horse.
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shire (shires, present participle shiring; past and past participle shired)

  1. To (re)constitute as one or more shires or counties.
    • 1985, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, page 291:
      Although he still managed formally to shire the province in the summer and autumn of 1585, his plan to establish a presidential government and complete the integration of Ulster into English Ireland met with royal indifference.
    County Longford was shired in 1586

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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