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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shire mean? 

SHIRE (noun)
  The noun SHIRE has 2 senses:

1. a former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county
2. British breed of large heavy draft horse

  Familiarity information: SHIRE used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SHIRE (noun)

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A former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("shire" is a kind of...):

administrative district; administrative division; territorial division (a district defined for administrative purposes)

Meronyms (parts of "shire"):

county town; shire town (the town or city that is the seat of government for a shire)

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)

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British breed of large heavy draft horse

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals


shire horse; shire

Hypernyms ("shire" is a kind of...):

draft horse; draught horse; dray horse (horse adapted for drawing heavy loads)

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