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Definition of "shire" [shire]

  • A former administrative division of Great Britain, equivalent to a county. (noun)
  • A Shire horse. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shire" in a sentence
  • "The book is arranged geographically, and in all cases the English word "shire" is omitted, with the result that we come upon such an extremely curious monster as "le Comté de Shrop.""
  • "Also, county names that end in - shire should sound like - shuh, not - shy-er."
  • "The shire was the scene of much strife after the Reformation."