siren – Wiktionary

See also: Siren, Sirén, sìrén, sīrén, sǐrén, širen

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šířen

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siren

English Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia The Siren, c. 1900

John William Waterhouse,1900

Alternative forms

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  • sirenedated, archaic)

Etymology

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From Middle English siren, from Old French sereine and Latin Sīrēn, Sīrēna, from Ancient Greek Σειρήν (Seirḗn). The mammalian sense was first attested in French in Dominique Bouhours, Les entretiens d’Ariste et d’Eugène, in 1671. The aquatic salamander sense was originally introduced by Linnaeus in 1766, for a genus of his reptiles.

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Noun

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siren (plural sirens or sirenes)

Examples

The sound of a civil defense siren

Synonyms

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  • (

    one who sings sweetly and charms

    )

    :

    crooner

  • (

    dangerously seductive woman

    )

    :

    See Thesaurus:vamp

  • (

    device for making a sound alarm

    )

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    klaxon

Derived terms

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Translations

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  • Finnish: pilli(fi)
  • Bulgarian: прелъстителка

    f

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    prelǎstitelka

    )

  • Catalan: sirena(ca)

    f

  • Dutch: sirene(nl)

    f

  • Esperanto: sireno
  • Finnish: seireeni(fi)
  • French: sirène(fr)

    f

  • Greek: σειρήνα(el)

    f

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    seirína

    )

  • Ido: sireno(io)
  • Irish: banchealgaire

    m

  • Japanese: 妖女

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    ようじょ, yōjo

    )

    , 妖婦(ja)

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    ようふ, yōfu

    )

  • Polish: syrena(pl)

    f

  • Portuguese: sereia(pt)

    f

  • Russian: сире́на(ru)

    f

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    siréna

    )

  • Serbo-Croatian:
    Cyrillic: сирена

    f

    Roman: sirena(sh)

    f

  • Finnish: mutalisko
  • French: sirène(fr)

    f

  • Serbo-Croatian:
    Cyrillic: сирен

    m

    Roman: siren(sh)

    m

  • Finnish: sireenieläin
  • Polish: syrena(pl)

    f

Verb

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siren (third-person singular simple present sirens, present participle sirening, simple past and past participle sirened)

  1. To make a noise with, or as if with, a siren.

Adjective

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siren

  1. Relating to or like a siren.
    bewitchingenchantingenticingsirenic

References

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  • Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

Anagrams

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Participle

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sìren (Cyrillic spelling сѝрен)

Welsh

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Noun

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siren f (not mutable)

  1. seiren

    Alternative form of

Further reading

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  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “siren”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies

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