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Somerset

[suhm-er-set, -sit] /ˈsʌm ərˌsɛt, -sɪt/
noun
1.
a city in SE Massachusetts.
2.
a town in S Kentucky.
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British Dictionary definitions for Somerset

Somerset1

/ˈsʌməsɪt; -ˌsɛt/
noun
1.
a county of SW England, on the Bristol Channel: the Mendip Hills lie in the north and Exmoor in the west: the geographical and ceremonial county includes the unitary authorities of North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset (both part of Avon county from 1975 until 1996): mainly agricultural (esp dairying and fruit). Administrative centre: Taunton. Pop (excluding unitary authorities): 507 500 (2003 est). Area (excluding unitary authorities): 3452 sq km (1332 sq miles)

Somerset2

/ˈsʌməsɛt/
noun
1.
1st Duke of, title of Edward Seymour. ?1500–52, English statesman, protector of England (1547–49) during Edward VI's minority. He defeated the Scots (1547) and furthered the Protestant Reformation: executed
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Word Origin and History for Somerset

9c., Sumor sæton, from Old English sumorsæta, short for *sumorton sæte "the people who live at (or depend upon) Somerton," a settlement attested from 8c. (Sumertone), literally "summer settlement." In 12c. it begins to be clearly meant as a place-name (Sumersetescir) not a collective name for a set of people.

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