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English definition of “shire”

shire

noun     /ʃaɪər/ US  /ʃaɪr/
[C] UK old use a county , now used in combination in the names of many British counties : Yorkshire OxfordshireLocal government and politicsParts of countries the shires [plural] UK the central rural counties of England , such as Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and DerbyshireNamed regions of countries
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