Meaning of “shire” in the English Dictionary

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"shire" in British English

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uk /ʃaɪər/ us /ʃaɪr/

[ C ] UK old use a county, now used in combination in the names of many British counties:

the shires [ plural ] UK

the central rural counties of England, such as Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire

(Definition of “shire” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)