City vs Shire - What's the difference?

city | shire |

As a proper noun city

is (uk) a popular shortened form of the city of london, the historic core of london where the roman settlement of londinium was established.

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.



(wikipedia city)

Alternative forms

* cyte


  • A large settlement, bigger than a town.
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  • *:So this was my future home, I thought!Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city'; the ' city of one's dreams.
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  • (lb) The central business district; downtown.
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  • Derived terms

    (Terms derived from the above definition of "city") * citify * citizen * city banker * city block * city boy * city center * city centre * city clerk * city desk * city district * city father * city girl * city hall * city limit * city line * city man * city manager * city planning * city room * city slicker * city-state * cityscape * citywide * (l) * holy city * inner city/inner-city * sister city * the city * twin city (city)

    See also

    * metropolis * megalopolis * megacity


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    (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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