sire

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See also: Sire, şire, and šíře

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Old French sire, the nominative singular of seignor; from Latin senior, from senex

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As King of England, William III would be addressed as Your Majesty or sire.
Darley Arabian, one of the foundation sires of the thoroughbred breed of horse.

Noun[edit]

sire ‎(plural sires)

  1. A lord, master, or other person in authority, most commonly used vocatively: formerly in speaking to elders and superiors, later only when addressing a sovereign.
  2. A male animal; a stud, especially a horse or dog, that has fathered another.
  3. (obsolete) A father; the head of a family; the husband.
    • Shakespeare
      And raise his issue, like a loving sire.
  4. (obsolete) A creator; a maker; an author; an originator.
    • Shelley
      [He] was the sire of an immortal strain.

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sire ‎(third-person singular simple present sires, present participle siring, simple past and past participle sired)

  1. (transitive, of a male) to procreate; to father, beget, impregnate, especially unintentionally.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 6:
      In these travels, my father sired thirteen children in all, four boys and nine girls.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French sire (nominative form), from Vulgar Latin *seior (used as a term of address), a contracted form of Latin senior (compare French seigneur, derived from the accusative form), perhaps influenced by maior. Doublet of senior.

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sire m ‎(plural sires)

  1. (obsolete) sire (term of respect)
  2. (obsolete) lord

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Old French sire. See also sere. Doublet of signore.

Noun[edit]

sire m ‎(invariable)

  1. king, monarch
    only when addressing a sovereign

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sire m

  1. nominative singular of sieur