Definition of sire noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪər//
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  1. 1(specialist) the male parent of an animal, especially a horse compare dam
  2. 2(old use) a word that people used when they addressed a king
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in sense (2) of the noun): from Old French, from an alteration of Latin senior ‘older, older man’, comparative of senex, sen- ‘old man, old’. Sense (1) of the noun dates from the early 16th cent.
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