What does shire mean?

Definitions for shireˈʃi reɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shire.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shire(noun)

    a former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county

  2. shire, shire horse(noun)

    British breed of large heavy draft horse


  1. shire(Noun)

    Former administrative area of Britain; a county.

    Yorkshire is the largest shire in England.

  2. shire(Noun)

    The general area in which a person lives, used in the context of travel within the UK:

    "When are you coming back to the shire?"

  3. shire(Noun)

    A rural or outer suburban local government area of Australia.

  4. shire(Noun)

    A shire horse

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shire(noun)

    a portion of Great Britain originally under the supervision of an earl; a territorial division, usually identical with a county, but sometimes limited to a smaller district; as, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Richmondshire, Hallamshire

  2. Shire(noun)

    a division of a State, embracing several contiguous townships; a county

  3. Origin: [AS. scre, scr, a division, province, county. Cf. Sheriff.]


  1. Shire

    A shire is a traditional term for a division of land, found in the United Kingdom and in Australia. In parts of Australia, a shire is an administrative unit, but it is not synonymous with "county" there, which is a land registration unit. Individually, or as a suffix in Scotland and in the far northeast of England, the word is pronounced. As a suffix in an English or Welsh place name, it is in most regions pronounced, or sometimes. In Britain, "shire" is the original term for what is usually known as a county; the word county having been introduced at the Norman Conquest of England. The two are synonymous. Although in modern British usage counties are referred to as "shires" mainly in poetic contexts, terms such as Shire Hall remain common. Shire also remains a common part of many county names. The word derives from the Old English scir, itself a derivative of the Proto-Germanic skizo, meaning care or official charge. The system was first used in Wessex from the beginning of Anglo-Saxon settlement, and spread to most of the rest of England in the tenth century, along with West Saxon political control. In Domesday the city of York was divided into shires. The first shires of Scotland were created in English-settled areas such as Lothian and the Borders, in the ninth century. King David I more consistently created shires and appointed sheriffs across lowland shores of Scotland.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shire

    shīr, shir (in county-names), n. a county, one of the larger divisions of England for political purposes—originally a division of the kingdom under a sheriff, the deputy of the ealdorman: a term also surviving as applied to certain smaller districts in England, as Richmondshire and Hallamshire.—ns. Shire′man, a sheriff; Shire′-moot, Shire′-mote, formerly in England a court of the county held periodically by the sheriff together with the bishop or the ealdorman. [A.S. scir, scire, a county, sciran, a secondary form of sceran, to cut off.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Shiré

    a river of East Africa, flows out of Lake Nyassa, and passes in a southerly course through the Shiré Highlands, a distance of 370 m., till it joins the Zambesi; discovered by Livingstone.

Anagrams for shire »

  1. heirs

  2. shier

  3. Sheri

  4. hires, hi-res


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shire in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Shire Chief Executive Flemming Ornskov:

    We are incredibly cash-generative and this will add to that, so this does not prevent us from considering further deals, shire is always considering the next deal.

  2. Mark Enyedy:

    We are extremely pleased that Federal Circuit affirmed the District Court's ruling that the patents are valid, which further confirms that Shire has strong patents protecting Vyvanse.

  3. Terry Torrison:

    The Shire deal is likely to mean that there will be no fresh bid speculation coming through on Shire itself, although the ongoing consolidation within the industry means the sector will remain of interest to investors.

  4. Baxalta CEO Ludwig Hantson:

    We expect that our stock will move up in price and valuation over the next couple of quarters, just as with nearly every other spin, the implied value of Shire’s proposal is no different from what we think we can achieve on our own in the next six to 12 months, and our investors and analysts agree. In this environment, given our prospects and our outlook, Shire’s offer is not compelling.

  5. Shire Chief Executive Flemming Ornskov:

    We believe the proposed combination of Shire and Baxalta would be strategically and financially attractive for both of our companies, accelerating our respective growth ambitions and creating the leading global biotech company in rare diseases, it is our strong preference to immediately enter into a negotiated transaction to explore the full potential of the proposed combination and finalize the terms of an agreement.

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