What is shire?

  • (noun): A former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county.
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A shire is a traditional term for a division of land, found in the United Kingdom and in Australia. In parts of Australia, a shire is an administrative unit, but it is not synonymous with "county" there, which is a land registration unit. Individually, or as a suffix in Scotland and in the far northeast of England, the word is pronounced /ˈʃaɪər/. As a suffix in an English or Welsh place name, it is in most regions pronounced /ʃɜr/, or sometimes /ʃɪər/.

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Shire Jama Ahmed
... Shire Jama Ahmed (Somali Shire Jaamac Axmed, Arabic شيري جامع أحمد‎) was a Somali linguist who is credited with having devised a unique Latin script for transcribing the Somali language ... Shire Jama's winning Somali Orthoraphy was chosen from eighteen competing new orthographies in 1972 by the Language Committee and the ruling party ... In the late 1960s, Shire and a few other Somali linguists presented before the Somali Language Committee, an organization in charge of settling Somalia's outstanding language issue, and eventually deciding between ...
Shire Jama Ahmed - Education
... usual age when children first start Qur'anic studies), Shire began learning the Qur'an at his nearby dugsi or madrasah ... Here, Shire quickly attained complete knowledge of the Qur'an, which consists of 30 chapters of roughly equal number of verses or volume ... Jama Ahmed, Shire’s father, then decided to move his family to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia ...
City Of Mildura - History
... Swan Hill was incorporated on 8 July 1862, and became a shire on 14 August 1871 ... On 10 January 1890 the Shire of Mildura was incorporated from part of the Lower Murray Riding ... A new shire, Walpeup, was formed in western Victoria on 1 October 1911, taking in some southern areas of Mildura and sections of five other shires ...
Shire Of Yalgoo
... The Shire of Yalgoo is a local government area in the Mid West region of Western Australia, about 500 kilometres (311 mi) north of the state capital, Perth ... The Shire covers an area of 28,215 square kilometres (10,894 sq mi), and its seat of government is the town of Yalgoo ...

More definitions of "shire":

  • (noun): British breed of large heavy draft horse.
    Synonyms: shire horse