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Bristol

[bris-tl] /ˈbrɪs tl/
noun
1.
a seaport in Avon, in SW England, on the Avon River near its confluence with the Severn estuary.
2.
a city in central Connecticut.
3.
a city in NE Tennessee, contiguous with but politically independent of Bristol, Virginia.
4.
a town in E Rhode Island.
5.
a city in SW Virginia.
6.
a town in SE Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River.
7.
Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, considered as a unit.
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  • For a discussion of the Greek texts, see Professor bristols exposition in the same volume.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine John Frederick Herbart
  • Stan craned his neck and saw what was holding the eyes of the men in the Blenheims and the bristols.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • The latter portion of the expression went out with bristols fame as a seaport.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • The nine light Spitfires went down in a screaming dive to cover the Blenheims and the bristols.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • Stan knifed into a wedge of Heinkels darting down to drop upon one of the bristols.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for bristols

bristols

/ˈbrɪstəlz/
plural noun
1.
(Brit, slang) a woman's breasts
Word Origin
C20: short for Bristol Cities, rhyming slang for titties

Bristol

/ˈbrɪstəl/
noun
1.
City of Bristol, a port and industrial city in SW England, mainly in Bristol unitary authority, on the River Avon seven miles from its mouth on the Bristol Channel: a major port, trading with America, in the 17th and 18th centuries; the modern port consists chiefly of docks at Avonmouth and Portishead; noted for the Clifton Suspension Bridge (designed by I. K. Brunel, 1834) over the Avon gorge; Bristol university (1909) and University of the West of England (1992). Pop: 420 556 (2001)
2.
City of Bristol, a unitary authority in SW England, created in 1996 from part of Avon county. Pop: 391 500 (2003 est). Area: 110 sq km (42 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for bristols

Bristol

City in western England, Middle English Bridgestow, from Old English Brycgstow, literally "assembly place by a bridge" (see bridge (n.) + stow). A local peculiarity of pronunciation adds -l to words ending in vowels. Of a type of pottery, 1776; of a type of glass, 1880. In British slang, "breast," 1961, from Bristol cities, rhyming slang for titties.

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