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[dawr-ches-ter, -chuh-ster] /ˈdɔrˌtʃɛs tər, -tʃə stər/
a town in S Dorsetshire, in S England, on the Frome River: named Casterbridge in Thomas Hardy's novels. Unabridged
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  • Washington now decided to fortify and occupy Dorchester Heights, which would command the city and in a large degree the harbor.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • They were to drive over to Dorchester that night, so presently they started.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • But Washington's purpose, to "divert the attention" of the British from Dorchester, was fulfilled.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • At Dorchester more than three hundred prisoners were to be tried.

    Roger Willoughby William H. G. Kingston
  • We dined early, and then started for Dorchester, which we reached at half-past ten, after a most fatiguing journey.

    Records of a Girlhood Frances Ann Kemble
British Dictionary definitions for Dorchester


a town in S England, administrative centre of Dorset: associated with Thomas Hardy, esp as the Casterbridge of his novels. Pop: 16 171 (2001) Latin name Durnovaria (ˌdjʊənəʊˈveɪrɪə)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Dorchester

Old English Dorcanceaster, earlier Dornwaraceaster, from Latin Durnovaria, from Romano-British *duro- "walled town."

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