- sirene (dated or archaic)
- (Greek mythology) One of a group of nymphs who lured mariners to their death on the rocks.
- One who sings sweetly and charms (1580), a dangerously seductive woman.
- (biology) A common name for an order of mammals of Sirenia (first attested in French in Dominique Bouhours, Les entretiens d'Ariste et d'Eugène, 1671).
- (biology) A genus of aquatic salamanders of the family Sirenidae (originally introduced by Linnaeus, 1766, for a genus of his reptiles), commonly used for all species subsumed unter the family of Sirenidae.
- A device, either mechanical or electronic, that makes a piercingly loud sound as an alarm or signal, or the sound from such a device (first recorded 1879).
- (music) A musical instrument, one of the few aerophones in the percussion section of the symphony orchestra (patented as Acme Siren in 1895).
- (one who sings sweetly and charms): crooner
- (dangerously seductive woman): For semantic relationships of this sense, see vamp in the Thesaurus.
- (device for making a sound alarm): klaxon
nymph of Greek mythology
device for making a sound alarm
dangerously seductive woman
- To make a noise with, or as if with, a siren.
- Relating to or like a siren.
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967