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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHIRE

Burns will soon be read by lexicon, even in the shire of Ayr.

That one captain might be named in every shire which might command.

It was no secret: was ever such a thing secret in the shire of Argyll?

Glenfinnin is in the shire of Inverness, and the parish of Glenelg.

This is one of its peculiar institutions; for it is a shire town.

This was divided into two parts—the shire fee or body, and the members.

The shire was the scene of much strife after the Reformation.

This whole world is the hundred, while heaven itself is the shire.

Castle of Carny, in the parish of Moonzie, in the shire of Fife.

In this county or shire, we let go the civet-bag to save the weazon.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English scir "administrative office, jurisdiction, stewardship, authority," also in particular use "district, province, country," from Proto-Germanic *skizo (cf. Old High German scira "care, official charge"). Ousted since 14c. by Anglo-French county. The gentrified sense is from The Shires (1796), used by people in other parts of England of those counties that end in -shire; sense transferred to "hunting country of the Midlands" (1860).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SHIRE

county

nounprovince or district of area
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