Shire

Definition of Shire

n.1.A portion of Great Britain originally under the supervision of an earl; a territorial division, usually identical with a county, but sometimes limited to a smaller district; as, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Richmondshire, Hallamshire.
An indefinite number of these hundreds make up a county or shire.
- Blackstone.
2.A division of a State, embracing several contiguous townships; a county.
The Tyne, Tees, Humber, Wash, Yare, Stour, and Thames separate the counties of Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, etc.
- Encyc. Brit.
Knight of the shire
See under Knight.
Shire clerk
an officer of a county court; also, an under sheriff.
Shire mote
(Old. Eng. Law) the county court; sheriff's turn, or court.
Shire reeve
(Old Eng. Law) the reeve, or bailiff, of a shire; a sheriff.
- Cowell.
Shire town
the capital town of a county; a county town.
- Burrill.
Shire wick
a county; a shire.
- Holland.

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