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siren

noun

  1. (woman)  a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive
    Synonyms: Delilah, enchantress, femme fatale, temptress. Type of: woman
  2. (alert)  a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound
    Type of: alarm
  3. (acoustic device)  an acoustic device producing a loud often wailing sound as a signal or warning
    Type of: acoustic device. Type of: alarm system
  4. (salamander)  an eel-like aquatic North American salamander with small forelimbs and no hind limbs; have permanent external gills
    Type of: salamander. Member of: Siren (genus)

Siren

noun

  1. (sea nymph)  a sea nymph (part woman and part bird) supposed to lure sailors to destruction on the rocks where the nymphs lived
    Synonyms: siren. Type of: sea nymph
  2. (amphibian genus)  a genus of Sirenidae
    Type of: amphibian genus. Member of: Sirenidae

Etymology summary

"sea nymph who by her singing lures sailors to their destruction", from Old...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

siren [amphibian family] | Siren lacertina [species]

any member of the family Sirenidae, a group of four species of aquatic salamanders that resemble eels. Their long, slender bodies are usually brown, ... (24 of 252 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/546540​/siren

siren [noisemaking device]

noisemaking device producing a piercing sound of definite pitch. Used as a warning signal, it was invented in the late 18th century by the Scottish ... (25 of 133 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/546546​/siren

Siren [Greek mythology]

in Greek mythology, a creature half bird and half woman who lured sailors to destruction by the sweetness of her song. According to Homer there were ... (26 of 315 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/546538​/Siren

Wiktionary:

siren | sirens [plural] | bewitching [synonym, sense-specific] | enchanting [synonym, sense-specific] | enticing [synonym, sense-specific] | sirenic [synonym, sense-specific]

[original sense, Greek mythology] One of a group of nymphs who lured mariners to their death on the rocks. | A device, either mechanical or electronic, that makes a piercingly loud sound as an alarm or signal, or the sound from such a device. | A ... (44 of 74 words, 6 definitions, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/siren

Siren

A taxonomic genus within the family Sirenidae -- the sirens. (9 of 12 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Siren

Columbia Encyclopedia:

salamander | Congo eel | hellbender | siren

an amphibian of the order Urodela, or Caudata. Salamanders have tails and small, weak limbs; superficially they resemble the unrelated lizards (which ... (22 of 521 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0843190​.html

Siren

in Greek mythology, one of three sea nymphs, usually represented with the head of a woman and the body of a bird. Daughters of Phorcus or of Achelous, ... (28 of 89 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0845391​.html

Collins Dictionary:

siren | Siren [sense-specific]

a device for emitting a loud wailing sound, especially as a warning or ... | [Greek mythology] one of several sea nymphs whose seductive singing was ... (25 of 495 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/siren

Merriam-Webster:

siren [entry 1, noun] | Siren [sense-specific] | temptress [synonym, sense-specific] | temptation [synonym, sense-specific] | enchantress [synonym, sense-specific] | femme fatale [synonym, sense-specific] | seductress [synonym, sense-specific] | beguiler [similar, sense-specific] | charmer [similar, sense-specific] | ...

"siren" or "Siren": any of a group of female and partly human creatures in Greek mythology that lured mariners to destruction by their singing | a ... (25 of 209 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/siren

siren [entry 2, adjective] | enticing [synonym]

resembling that of a siren; "enticing" (6 of 18 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/siren show=1

Random House Dictionary:

siren

[classical mythology] one of several sea nymphs, part woman and part bird, who lure mariners to destruction by their seductive singing. | a ... (22 of 165 words, 9 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/siren

Oxford Dictionary:

siren | call | siren song

a device that makes a loud prolonged signal or warning sound | [Greek mythology] : each of a number of women or winged creatures whose singing lured ... (26 of 162 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/siren

New World Dictionary:

siren

[Greek mythology, Roman mythology] any of several sea nymphs, represented ... | a woman who uses her sexual attractiveness to entice or allure men; a ... (24 of 139 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/siren

American Heritage Dictionary:

siren | Siren

A device in which compressed air or steam is driven against a rotating perforated disk to create a loud, often wailing sound as a signal or warning. | ... (27 of 136 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/siren

Macmillan British Dictionary:

siren [countable] | sirens [plural]

a piece of equipment that makes a loud sound, used for warning people | a woman in ancient Greek stories who sang to sailors in order to make them ... (28 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/siren

Cambridge Dictionary:

siren [entry 1]

a device for making a loud warning noise (8 of 29 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/siren 1

siren [entry 2]

(in ancient Greek literature) one of the creatures who were half woman and ... | a woman who is considered to be very attractive, but also dangerous (26 of 50 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/siren 2

Wikipedia:

Siren | Sirens

dangerous and beautiful creatures, portrayed as femmes fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets placed them on some small islands called Sirenum scopuli. In... (39 of 2640 words, 6 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Siren

Siren (disambiguation) | Sirens

figures in Greek mythology. Siren or Sirens may also refer to: Hestina, a genus of brush-footed butterfly commonly called the Sirens | Siren (genus), a genus of aquatic salamanders in the Sirenidae family | Sirenia, an order of aquatic mammals... (38 of 766 words, 81 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Siren (disambiguation)

Encarta Dictionary:

siren | sirens [plural]

a warning device that produces a loud wailing sound when a current of compressed air or steam is forced through a rotating perforated disk | an ... (25 of 149 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861734912​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

siren

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: "sea nymph who by her singing lures sailors to their destruction", from Old French sereine, from Late Latin Sirena, from Latin ... (23 of 70 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=siren

New World Dictionary:

siren

Origin: Middle English syrene from Old French from Late Latin Sirena, for Latin Siren from Greek Seirēn from perhaps seira, ... (19 of 34 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/siren

American Heritage Dictionary:

siren

Origin: French sirène, from Old French sereine, Siren, from ... | Middle English serein, from Old French sereine; see "siren". (18 of 26 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/siren

Oxford Dictionary:

siren | call

Origin: Middle English (denoting an imaginary type of snake): from Old French sirene, from late Latin Sirena, feminine of Latin Siren, from Greek Seirēn

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/siren

Wiktionary:

siren | sirens [plural]

Origin: Middle English, itself from Middle French sereine (itself from Late Latin sirena) and from Latin Sīrēn, ultimately from Ancient Greek Σειρήν (Seirēn).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/siren

Collins Dictionary:

siren

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French sereine, from Latin sīrēn, from Greek seirēn

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/siren

Merriam-Webster:

siren [entry 1, noun] | Siren [sense-specific]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Middle French and Latin; Middle French sereine, ... | New Latin, from Latin (17 of 26 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/siren

Encarta Dictionary:

siren | sirens [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin Siren "sea nymph" from Greek Seirēn

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861734912​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

siren | sirens [plural]

Audio: "Civil-defense-siren-waver"

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Collins Dictionary:

siren

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "siren"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/siren

Macmillan British Dictionary:

siren [countable] | sirens [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "siren"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/siren

Macmillan American Dictionary:

siren [countable] | sirens [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "siren"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/siren

Cambridge Dictionary:

siren [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "siren"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "siren"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/siren 2

siren [entry 1]

Audio: British English pronunuciation of "siren"

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the Free Dictionary:

Siren

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Siren"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Siren"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "Siren" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

siren | sirens [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "siren"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

siren

Audio: North American pronunciation of "siren"

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siren

Audio: North American pronunciation of "siren"

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YourDictionary Audio:

siren

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "siren" by speech synthesizer

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