siren

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See also: Siren, sìrén, sīrén, and sǐrén

English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

John William Waterhouse, The Siren, c. 1900

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, itself from Middle French sereine (itself from Late Latin sirena) and from Latin Sīrēn, ultimately from Ancient Greek Σειρήν (Seirḗn).

Noun[edit]

siren (plural sirens or sirenes)

Examples
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  1. (Greek mythology) One of a group of nymphs who lured mariners to their death on the rocks.
  2. One who sings sweetly and charms (1580), a dangerously seductive woman.
  3. (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).
  4. (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.
  5. 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).
  6. (music) A musical instrument, one of the few aerophones in the percussion section of the symphony orchestra (patented as Acme Siren in 1895).

Synonyms[edit]

  • (one who sings sweetly and charms): crooner
  • (dangerously seductive woman): For semantic relationships of this sense, see vamp in the Wikisaurus.
  • (device for making a sound alarm): klaxon

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Verb[edit]

siren (third-person singular simple present sirens, present participle sirening, simple past and past participle sirened)

  1. To make a noise with, or as if with, a siren.

Adjective[edit]

siren

  1. Relating to or like a siren.

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References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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