how to pronounce shire


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the above transcription of shire is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

shire is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of shire in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… and the shire highlands colonization …”

meanings of shire


  1. The general area in which a person lives or comes from, used in the context of travel within the United Kingdom.
  2. Physical area administered by a sheriff.
  3. A shire horse.
  4. Former administrative area of Britain; a county.
  5. A rural or outer suburban local government area of Australia.


  1. To (re)constitute as one or more shires or counties. County Longford was shired in 1586.


  1. A surname​.

shire frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word shire occurs in english on average 2.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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