Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology One of a group of sea nymphs who by their sweet singing lured mariners to destruction on the rocks surrounding their island.
  • n. A woman regarded as seductive and beautiful.

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Sirenidae — the sirens.

Etymologies

Middle English serein, from Old French sereine; see siren.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "Siren" is a best selling game in Japan with an upcoming sequel.

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  • I think up in Siren it actually hit 90 F/32 C. Mason and I spent almost the entire day either on or in the water.

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  • The Story Siren is hosting one where there will be two winners: One receives Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Fallen by Lauren Kate, and a double-sided Hush, Hush poster; another receives a double-side Hush, Hush poster.

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  • According to all the published and online sources I've consulted, this large amphibian can be found no farther northeast than Virginia, which placed our discovery several hundreds miles from any previous recorded occurrence (and the range of the Lesser Siren is even more restricted).

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  • I quite liked the Stargate SG-1 tie-in "Siren Song," and there've been some other pretty good ones for that show.

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  • "We were pissed off when they put lights in Siren and Grantsburg,"

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  • Greek sculpture adopted and translated into stone or bronze some of these mixed types -- notably the human-headed bird and the human-headed winged lion; these it identified as the Siren and the

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  • I used to use the phrase Siren Song to describe this kind of music and maybe it is sometimes used as background in movie scenes of paradise (or even sung then), or in scenes of sad desolation and ruin with a slightly more somber but not much different sounding voice.

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  • “Magical University Book One: The Sword and the Siren is just as Ms. Tan described, a Harry Potter for adults.”

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  • Some interpreters of the ancient fables contend, that the number and names of the three Sirens were taken from the triple pleasure of the senses, wine, love, and music, which are the three most powerful means of seducing mankind; and hence so many exhortations to avoid the Sirens 'fatal song; and probably it was hence that the Greeks obtained their etymology of Siren from a Greek word signifying a _chain_, as if there were no getting free from their enticement.

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