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eyre

 (âr)
n.
A circuit court held by itinerant royal justices in medieval England.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman eire, from Latin iter, journey; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

eyre

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n
1. (Law) any of the circuit courts held in each shire from 1176 until the late 13th century
2. (Law) justices in eyre the justices travelling on circuit and presiding over such courts
[C13: from Old French erre journey, from errer to travel, from Latin errāre to wander]

Eyre

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n
(Placename) Lake Eyre a shallow salt lake or salt flat in NE central South Australia, about 11 m (35 ft) below sea level, divided into two areas (North and South); it usually contains little or no water. Maximum area: 9600 sq km (3700 sq miles)
[C19: named after Edward John Eyre (1815–1901), British explorer and colonial administrator]

Eyre

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n
1. (Biography) Edward John. 1815–1901, British explorer and colonial administrator. He was governor of Jamaica (1864–66) until his authorization of 400 executions to suppress an uprising led to his recall
2. (Biography) Sir Richard. born 1943, British theatre director: director of the Royal National Theatre (1988–97)

eyre

(ɛər)

n.
1. a circuit made by an itinerant judge in medieval England.
2. a county court held by such a justice.
[1250–1300; Middle English eyre < Anglo-French; Old French erre, derivative of errer to journey; see err]

Eyre

(ɛər)

n.
Lake, a shallow salt lake in NE South Australia. 3430 sq. mi. (8885 sq. km).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eyre - a shallow salt lake in south central Australia about 35 feet below sea levelEyre - a shallow salt lake in south central Australia about 35 feet below sea level; the largest lake in the country and the lowest point on the continent
Australia, Commonwealth of Australia - a nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony
Australia - the smallest continent; between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean