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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the town or city that is the seat of government for a shire;
[syn: county town, shire town]

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

shire town n 1: the town or city that is the seat of government for a shire [syn: county town, shire town]