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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. a former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county;

2. British breed of large heavy draft horse;
[syn: shire, shire horse]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Shire \Shire\, n. [AS. sc[imac]re, sc[imac]r, a division, province, county. Cf. Sheriff.] 1. A portion of Great Britain originally under the supervision of an earl; a territorial division, usually identical with a county, but sometimes limited to a smaller district; as, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Richmondshire, Hallamshire. [1913 Webster] An indefinite number of these hundreds make up a county or shire. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2. A division of a State, embracing several contiguous townships; a county. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] Note: Shire is commonly added to the specific designation of a county as a part of its name; as, Yorkshire instead of York shire, or the shire of York; Berkshire instead of Berks shire. Such expressions as the county of Yorkshire, which in a strict sense are tautological, are used in England. In the United States the composite word is sometimes the only name of a county; as, Berkshire county, as it is called in Massachusetts, instead of Berks county, as in Pensylvania. [1913 Webster] The Tyne, Tees, Humber, Wash, Yare, Stour, and Thames separate the counties of Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, etc. --Encyc. Brit. [1913 Webster] Knight of the shire. See under Knight. Shire clerk, an officer of a county court; also, an under sheriff. [Eng.] Shire mote (Old. Eng. Law), the county court; sheriff's turn, or court. [Obs.] --Cowell. --Blackstone. Shire reeve (Old Eng. Law), the reeve, or bailiff, of a shire; a sheriff. --Burrill. Shire town, the capital town of a county; a county town. Shire wick, a county; a shire. [Obs.] --Holland. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

County \Coun"ty\ (koun"t[y^]), n.; pl. Counties (-t[i^]z). [F. comt['e], fr. LL. comitatus. See Count.] 1. An earldom; the domain of a count or earl. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A circuit or particular portion of a state or kingdom, separated from the rest of the territory, for certain purposes in the administration of justice and public affairs; -- called also a shire. See Shire. [1913 Webster] Every county, every town, every family, was in agitation. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. A count; an earl or lord. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] County commissioners. See Commissioner. County corporate, a city or town having the privilege to be a county by itself, and to be governed by its own sheriffs and other magistrates, irrespective of the officers of the county in which it is situated; as London, York, Bristol, etc. [Eng.] --Mozley & W. County court, a court whose jurisdiction is limited to county. County palatine, a county distinguished by particular privileges; -- so called a palatio (from the palace), because the owner had originally royal powers, or the same powers, in the administration of justice, as the king had in his palace; but these powers are now abridged. The counties palatine, in England, are Lancaster, Chester, and Durham. County rates, rates levied upon the county, and collected by the boards of guardians, for the purpose of defraying the expenses to which counties are liable, such as repairing bridges, jails, etc. [Eng.] County seat, a county town. [U.S.] County sessions, the general quarter sessions of the peace for each county, held four times a year. [Eng.] County town, the town of a county, where the county business is transacted; a shire town. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

shire n 1: a former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county 2: British breed of large heavy draft horse [syn: shire, shire horse]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

45 Moby Thesaurus words for "shire": Kreis, archbishopric, archdiocese, arrondissement, bailiwick, bishopric, borough, canton, city, commune, congressional district, constablewick, county, departement, diocese, district, duchy, electoral district, electorate, government, hamlet, hundred, magistracy, metropolis, metropolitan area, oblast, okrug, parish, precinct, principality, province, region, riding, sheriffalty, sheriffwick, shrievalty, soke, stake, state, territory, town, township, village, wapentake, ward
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

SHIRE, Eng. law. A district or division of country. Co. Lit. 50 a.