Cheshire

Cheshire

[chesh-er, -eer]
noun
1.
Formerly Chester. a county in NW England. 899 sq. mi. (2328 sq. km).
2.
a town in central Connecticut.
3.
Also called Cheshire cheese, Chester. a hard cheese, yellowish, orange, or white in color, made of cow's milk and similar to cheddar.
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Cheshire1 (ˈtʃɛʃə, ˈtʃɛʃɪə)
 
n
Ches a former administrative county of NW England; administered since 2009 by the unitary authorities of Cheshire West and Chester, and Cheshire East: low-lying and undulating, bordering on the Pennines in the east; mainly agricultural: the geographic and ceremonial county includes Warrington and Halton, which became independent unitary authorities in 1998. Area 2077 sq km (802 sq miles)

Cheshire2 (ˈtʃɛʃə)
 
n
Group Captain (Geoffrey) Leonard. 1917--92, British philanthropist: awarded the Victoria Cross in World War II; founded the Leonard Cheshire Foundation Homes for the Disabled: married Sue, Baroness Ryder

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Cheshire
1086, Cestre Scire, from Chester + scir "district" (see shire).
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