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sire

Noun

1 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]

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English

Etymology

, from senior#Latin, from senex

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A lord, master, or other person in authority, most commonly used vocatively.
  2. A male animal, especially a horse or dog. In particular, one which is already, or has already been, a father.

Translations

lord, master, or person in authority
  • Finnish: herra
male animal
  • Finnish: koiras, uros

Verb

  1. italbrac-colon for males To procreate; to become a father

Translations

to procreate
  • Finnish: siittää, astua

See also

Extensive Definition

Sire is a form of address for reigning Kings in the United Kingdom and in Belgium. It was formerly also used in England, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Historically Sire had a wider usage. During the middle ages Sire was generally used to address a superior, a person importance or in a position of authority or the nobility in general.
sire in German: Sire
sire in French: Sire

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