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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But Rahy has made a bigger impact as a sire.
▪ Its main role is as a terminal sire for suckler herds or as a beef sire for dairy herds.
▪ On his sword was the rune of Khaine, a reference to the blade wielded by his mighty sire Aenarion.
▪ The sire is one of the country's top Thoroughbred stallions and his sire was the great Nijinsky.
▪ This was achieved by three potent sires.
▪ Torrey was also a very good sire, producing many excellent offspring.
▪ By the time he was twenty Rasputin had married a local girl and before long had sired four children.
▪ He went on to sire a dozen children, and they all grew up to be musically talented as well.
▪ I am driven to seek the man who sired that dear child.
▪ Worse, he had sired a child by his own sister, in breach of the careful plans Amos had laid.
▪ Although no reference to them exists among surviving documents, it is certainly reasonable to assume that James sired children.
▪ The stallion has sired several race winners.
▪ Augustine kept a mistress and sired a son out of wedlock.
▪ By the time he was twenty Rasputin had married a local girl and before long had sired four children.
▪ He's very old, and has sired nineteen sons on various women.
▪ He went on to sire a dozen children, and they all grew up to be musically talented as well.
▪ Impressionism begat post-impressionism, which begat cubism, which sired futurism, expressionism and all manner of errant abstractions.
▪ In many societies the father has no special responsibility to support the specific children he sires.
▪ Stallions who run well on off-tracks tend to sire offspring that do the same.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sire \Sire\, n. [F. sire, originally, an older person. See Sir.]

  1. A lord, master, or other person in authority. See Sir.

    Pain and distress, sickness and ire, And melancholy that angry sire, Be of her palace senators.
    --Rom. of R.

  2. A tittle of respect formerly used in speaking to elders and superiors, but now only in addressing a sovereign.

  3. A father; the head of a family; the husband.

    Jankin thet was our sire [i.e., husband].

    And raise his issue, like a loving sire.

  4. A creator; a maker; an author; an originator.

    [He] was the sire of an immortal strain.

  5. The male parent of a beast; -- applied especially to horses; as, the horse had a good sire.

    Note: Sire is often used in composition; as in grandsire, grandfather; great-grandsire, great-grandfather.


Sire \Sire\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sired; p. pr. & vb. n. Siring.] To beget; to procreate; -- used of beasts, and especially of stallions.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to beget, to be the sire of," 1610s, from sire (n.). Used chiefly of beasts, especially of stallions. Related: Sired; siring.


c.1200, title placed before a name and denoting knighthood, from Old French sire "lord (appellation), sire, my lord," from Vulgar Latin *seior, from Latin senior "older, elder" (see senior (adj.)). Standing alone and meaning "your majesty" it is attested from early 13c. General sense of "important elderly man" is from mid-14c.; that of "father, male parent" is from mid-13c.


n. 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 (context obsolete English) A father; the head of a family; the husband. 4 (context obsolete English) A creator; a maker; an author; an originator. vb. (context transitive of a male English) to procreate; to father, beget, impregnate.

  1. n. a title of address formerly used for a man of rank and authority

  2. the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers" [syn: forefather, father]

  3. male parent of an animal especially a domestic animal such as a horse


v. make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them" [syn: beget, get, engender, father, mother, generate, bring forth]

Sire (disambiguation)

Sire may refer to:

  • Sire, a form of address for reigning kings in the United Kingdom and in Belgium
  • Sire (Father), the counterpart of a dam, particularly in animal breeding. See also stallion.
  • James W. Sire, author on worldviews
  • Sire (novel), a 1991 novel by Jean Raspail
  • Sire Records, a record label
  • Sire (vampire), the vampiric creator of another vampire
  • Sire, Arsi, a town in southeastern Ethiopia
  • Sire, Welega, a town in southwestern Ethiopia

Sire is a form of address for reigning kings in the United Kingdom and in Belgium. It has also been used in France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Spain. Historically Sire had a wider usage. During the Middle Ages, Sire was generally used to address a superior, a person of importance or in a position of authority or the nobility in general. The word "sire" and the French "(mon)sieur" share a common etymologic origin, both ultimately being related to the Latin senior.

Sire (woreda)

Sire is one of the woredas in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. It's part of the Arsi Zone. It is part of former Dodotana Sire woreda. The administrative center of woreda is Sire.

Sire (novel)

Sire is a 1991 novel by the French write Jean Raspail. It tells the story of how monarchy returns to France as the 18-year-old Philippe Pharamond de Bourbon ascends the throne in 1999. The novel received the Grand prix du roman de la Ville de Paris and the Alfred de Vigny Prize.

Usage examples of "sire".

Not at all unhandsome, yet, now that she knew, she could see his indebtedness, the sure burden upon him, and the truth that, for him, for every child he might sire, there would be no absolving the stigma.

Luckily, however, he was not as effeminate as his younger brother, the Cyprian, who never managed to sire any children: Auletes and Cleopatra Tryphaena confidently expected to give Egypt heirs.

The farmer understands that if he wishes to materially improve his cows, the first offspring must be begotten by a better, purer breed, and all that follow will be essentially benefited, even if not so well sired.

She was sired by Balloon, and finished third in a race at Brocket Hall.

Sire Vaide Sorrilier, third Dominus of the Citadel of Cados, had been watching its slow tumble for the past two hours.

Notre-Dame de Liesse rendit au sire de Couci ses deux enfants qui etaient perdus.

While were-cats could sire children, Fayne had never found a woman with whom he wanted to raise a family.

SHADE OF EARTH What boots it, Sire, To down this dynasty, set that one up, Goad panting peoples to the throes thereof, Make wither here my fruit, maintain it there, And hold me travailling through fineless years In vain and objectless monotony, When all such tedious conjuring could be shunned By uncreation?

Non, non, sire Philippe, je ne suis pas assez fou pour jeter des perles aux pourceaux.

Lucinda Fyne had told her daughters very little about their fathers, but they each bore the name of the man who had sired them.

He looked a great deal like the late Sir Gardian, and, like his sire, he had quickly established a reputation as a lord of great energy.

His name was Gaut, and he dutifully sired the Gautar, the Many Peoples.

The old soldiers of Crecy, of Nogent, and of Poictiers were glad to think that they might hear the war-trumpet once more, and gladder still were the hot youth who had chafed for years under the martial tales of their sires.

Sons with mothers, sires with daughters, lesbic sisters, loves that dare not speak their name, nephews with grandmothers, jailbirds with keyholes, queens with prize bulls.

The land that he left his successor, though still called Mide, was five times as large as the Mide that his sire had left to him, and as he had proven a good ruler, a generous and just overlord to the folk he had subdued, that land was satisfied with his rule and at peace.