lire

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lire, lyre, from Old English līra (any fleshy part of the body, muscle, calf of the leg), from Proto-Germanic *ligwizô, *lihwizô (thigh, groin), from Proto-Indo-European *lekʷs-, *lewks- (groin). Cognate with Dutch lies (groin), Swedish lår (thigh).

Noun[edit]

lire (plural lires)

  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Flesh, brawn, or muscle; the fleshy part of a person or animal in contradistinction to the bone and skin.
  2. (UK dialectal, Scotland) The fleshy part of a roast capon, etc. as distinguished from a limb or joint.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English lire, lyre, from Old Norse hlýr (cheeks, plural). Compare Middle English lere, from Old English hlēor (cheek, countenance, complexion). More at leer.

Noun[edit]

lire (plural lires)

  1. (UK dialectal, Scotland) The cheek.
  2. (UK dialectal, Scotland) Face; appearance of the face or skin; complexion; hue.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old Norse líri. Cognate with Norwegian lira.

Noun[edit]

lire (plural lires)

  1. (UK dialectal, Scotland, Orkney, Shetland, ornithology) The Manx shearwater (bird).

Etymology 4[edit]

From Italian lire.

Noun[edit]

lire

  1. plural form of lira

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin legere, present active infinitive of legō.

Verb[edit]

lire

  1. (transitive, intransitive) to read
  2. (reflexive, se lire) to be read
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Etymology 2[edit]

Italian lira, compare French livre.

Noun[edit]

lire f (plural lires)

  1. lira (unit of currency)

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

lire f

  1. plural form of lira