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[chel-see] /ˈtʃɛl si/
a former borough in Greater London, England: now part of Kensington and Chelsea; many residences of artists and writers.
a city in E Massachusetts, near Boston.
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Ranelagh, "a place of public entertainment," erected at Chelsea in 1742, was a kind of Vauxhall under cover.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • After dining at the club, therefore, he set out for Chelsea.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • He established himself in Chelsea by Smollett's advice, and died there about 1785.

  • Mrs. Pendyce felt very faint when she hurried away from Chelsea.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • It was the young lady who came to see the Italian picture at the restorer's Studio in Chelsea, a little over six months past.

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for Chelsea


a residential district of SW London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: site of the Chelsea Royal Hospital for old and invalid soldiers (Chelsea Pensioners)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Chelsea

district in southwest London, Chelchuthe (1300), Old English Chelchede (1086), Celchyth (789), Caelichyth (767), probably literally "chalk landing place," from Old English cealc "chalk" (see chalk (n.)) + hyth "landing place." Perhaps chalk or limestone was unloaded here from Chalk near Gravesend in Kent. Chelsea Hospital founded by Charles II, built 1680s, as a home for aged veterans. As a fem. proper name, not in the top 1,000 names in U.S. until 1969, then in the top 100 among girls born 1984 to 1998, peaking at number 15 in 1992.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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