Dorchester

Dorchester

[dawr-ches-ter, -chuh-ster]
noun
a town in S Dorsetshire, in S England, on the Frome River: named Casterbridge in Thomas Hardy's novels.
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Dorchester (ˈdɔːtʃɪstə)
 
n
Latin name: Durnovaria a town in S England, administrative centre of Dorset: associated with Thomas Hardy, esp as the Casterbridge of his novels. Pop: 16 171 (2001)

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Dorchester
O.E. Dorcanceaster, earlier Dornwaraceaster, from L. Durnovaria, from Romano-British *duro- "walled town."
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