Shire vs Town - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between shire and town

is that shire is former administrative area of britain; a county while town is a settlement; an area with residential districts, shops and amenities, and its own local government; especially one larger than a village and smaller than a city.

As a verb shire

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




(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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    (wikipedia town) (en noun)
  • A settlement; an area with residential districts, shops and amenities, and its own local government; especially one larger than a village and smaller than a city.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-05-10, author=Audrey Garric
  • , volume=188, issue=22, page=30, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) citation , passage=As towns continue to grow, replanting vegetation has become a form of urban utopia and green roofs are spreading fast. Last year 1m square metres of plant-covered roofing was built in France, as much as in the US, and 10 times more than in Germany, the pioneer in this field. In Paris 22 hectares of roof have been planted, out of a potential total of 80 hectares.}}
  • Any more urbanized center than the place of reference.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=Judge Short had gone to town , and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.}}
  • A rural settlement in which a market was held at least once a week.
  • The residents (as opposed to (gown): the students, faculty, etc.) of a community which is the site of a university.
  • (label) (Used to refer to a town or similar entity under discussion).
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=I had occasion
  • (label) A municipal organization, such as a corporation, defined by the laws of the entity of which it is a part.
  • (label) An enclosure which surrounded the mere homestead or dwelling of the lord of the manor.
  • (label) The whole of the land which constituted the domain.
  • (label) A collection of houses enclosed by fences or walls.
  • (Palsgrave)
  • A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard.
  • Usage notes

    An urban city is typically larger than a rural town, which in turn is typically larger than a village. In rural areas, a town'' is considered urban. In urban areas, a ''town is considered suburban; a village in the suburbs.

    Derived terms

    * boom town/boomtown * company town * county town * cow town * cross town/cross-town/crosstown * downtown * ghost town * go to town * hometown * in town * jerkwater town * man about town * market town * new town * on the town * one-horse town * only game in town * out of town * paint the town red * post town * satellite town * shanty town * shire town * skip town * small-town * talk of the town * toast of the town * town and gown * town ball * town car * town center/town centre * town-crier * townee * towner * town gas * town hall/townhall * town house/townhouse * townhome * townie * townland * townless * townlet * town planning * townsfolk * township * townsman * town square * town twinning * townwide * twin town * uptown * (town)

    See also

    * urban * suburban * rural