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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sire(noun)

    a title of address formerly used for a man of rank and authority

  2. forefather, father, sire(noun)

    the founder of a family

    "keep the faith of our forefathers"

  3. sire(verb)

    male parent of an animal especially a domestic animal such as a horse

  4. beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth(verb)

    make children

    "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"


  1. sire(Noun)

    A lord, master, or other person in authority, most commonly used vocatively.

  2. sire(Noun)

    A male animal, especially a horse or dog. In particular, one which is already, or has already been, a father.

  3. sire(Verb)

    Of a male: to procreate; to father, beget.

  4. Origin: sire, the nominative singular of seignor; from senior, from senex

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sire(noun)

    a lord, master, or other person in authority. See Sir

  2. Sire(noun)

    a tittle of respect formerly used in speaking to elders and superiors, but now only in addressing a sovereign

  3. Sire(noun)

    a father; the head of a family; the husband

  4. Sire(noun)

    a creator; a maker; an author; an originator

  5. Sire(noun)

    the male parent of a beast; -- applied especially to horses; as, the horse had a good sire

  6. Sire(verb)

    to beget; to procreate; -- used of beasts, and especially of stallions

  7. Origin: [F. sire, originally, an older person. See Sir.]


  1. Sire

    Sire is a form of address for reigning kings in the United Kingdom and in Belgium. It was formerly also used in France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Spain. Historically Sire had a wider usage. During the middle ages Sire was generally used to address a superior, a person of importance or in a position of authority or the nobility in general. The word "sire" and the French "sieur" share a common etymologic origin, both ultimately being related to the Latin senior.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sire

    sīr, n. one in the place of a father, as a sovereign: an elder, a progenitor: the male parent of a beast, esp. of a horse: (pl.) ancestors (poetry).—v.t. to beget, used of animals. [Sir.]

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Anagrams for sire »

  1. Eris, ires, reis, rise, Seri, SIer

  2. Eris

  3. Ires

  4. Seri

  5. SIer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sire in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sire in a Sentence

  1. John Greenleaf Whittier:

    O Time and change! -- with hair as gray as was my sire's that winter day, how strange it seems, with so much gone of life and love, to still live on!

  2. Felix Patton:

    Analysis of the DNA of the rhinos will also be used to clarify which of the males is the sire of those rhinos born at Ziwa (Rhino Sanctuary) to ensure that no male is so dominant that there will be genetic problems in the future.

  3. Bhartrihari:

    Man is an actor who plays various parts: First comes a boy, then out a lover starts; His garb is changed for, lo! a beggar?s rags; Then he?s a merchant with full money-bags; Anon, an aged sire, wrinkled and lean; At last Death drops the curtain on the scene.*

  4. Felix Patton:

    Whenever a trader is arrested with rhino horn, the DNA can be extracted and matched to a rhino on the database, similar to the way fingerprints are, to provide further evidence of it being obtained illegally, analysis of the DNA of the rhinos will also be used to clarify which of the males is the sire of those rhinos born at Ziwa (Rhino Sanctuary) to ensure that no male is so dominant that there will be genetic problems in the future.

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