Shire vs District - What's the difference?

shire | district |

As a noun shire

is former administrative area of britain; a county.

As a verb shire

is to (re]])constitute as one or more shires or [[county|counties.

As a proper noun district is

(with determiner|informal) the district of columbia, the federal district of the united states.




(wikipedia shire) (en noun)
  • Former administrative area of Britain; a county.
  • Yorkshire is the largest shire in England.
  • (UK, colloquial) The general area in which a person lives, used in the context of travel within the UK.
  • When are you coming back to the shire ?
  • A rural or outer suburban local government area of Australia.
  • A shire horse.
  • Verb

  • To (re]])constitute as one or more shires or [[county, counties.
  • * 1985 , Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy , page 291:
  • Although he still managed formally to shire the province in the summer and autumn of 1585, his plan to establish a presidential government and complete the integration of Ulster into English Ireland met with royal indifference.
  • * 2012 , James Lydon, The Making of Ireland: From Ancient Times to the Present (ISBN 1134981503), page 160:
  • The province was shired into nine counties,
    County Longford was shired in 1586


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    (en noun)
  • An administrative division of an area.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=Foreword citation , passage=‘I understand that the district was considered a sort of sanctuary,’ the Chief was saying. ‘An Alsatia like the ancient one behind the Strand, or the Saffron Hill before the First World War. […]’}}
    the Soho district of London
  • An area or region marked by some distinguishing feature.
  • the Lake District in Cumbria
  • (UK) An administrative division of a county without the status of a borough.
  • South Oxfordshire District Council

    Derived terms

    * congressional district * districthood * electoral district * school district


    (en verb)
  • To divide into administrative or other s.
  • Derived terms

    * redistrict


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) rigorous; stringent; harsh
  • * Foxe
  • punishing with the rod of district severity