from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A former administrative division of Great Britain, equivalent to a county.
- n. A Shire horse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Former administrative area of Britain; a county.
- n. The general area in which a person lives, used in the context of travel within the UK:
- n. A rural or outer suburban local government area of Australia.
- n. A shire horse
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A division of a State, embracing several contiguous townships; a county.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A share; a portion.
- n. Originally, a division of the kingdom of England under the jurisdiction of an ealdorman, whose authority was intrusted to the sheriff (‘shire-reeve’), on whom the government ultimately devolved; also, in Anglo-Saxon use, in general, a district, province, diocese, or parish; in later and present use, one of the larger divisions into which Great Britain is parted out for political and administrative purposes; a county.
- n. A shire-moot. See the quotation under shire-day.
- An obsolete form of sheer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. British breed of large heavy draft horse
- n. a former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county
Middle English, from Old English scīr, official charge, administrative district.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English scir, from Proto-Germanic *skīrō, *skīzō. (Wiktionary)