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[dur-uh m, duhr-] /ˈdɜr əm, ˈdʌr-/
a county in NE England. 940 sq. mi. (2435 sq. km).
a city in this county.
a city in N North Carolina.
a town in SE New Hampshire.
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  • Durham exclaimed as he watched the crazy old vehicle disappear along the road.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • The boy was educated at a school in Durham, and at the University of Edinburgh.

  • As Mr. Durham was devout in all parts of his ministerial work, so more eminently at communion occasions.

  • At Durham they were hospitably entertained in the absence of the Bishop.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The Hereford is the second favourite in Argentina, but breeders only pay about half as much for them as for good Durham bulls.

    Argentina W. A. Hirst
British Dictionary definitions for Durham


a former administrative county of NE England; became a unitary authority in 2009; on the North Sea: rises to the N Pennines in the west: the geographical and ceremonial county includes the unitary authorities of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees (both part of Cleveland until 1996) and Darlington (created in 1997). Administrative centre: Durham. Pop (of Durham unitary authority): 494 200 (2003 est). Area (of Durham unitary authoritiy): 2434 sq km (940 sq miles) Dur.
a city in NE England, administrative centre of Co Durham, on the River Wear: Norman cathedral; 11th-century castle (founded by William the Conqueror), now occupied by the University of Durham (1832). Pop: 42 939 (2001)
a rare variety of shorthorn cattle See shorthorn
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Word Origin and History for Durham

c.1000, Dunholm "city on a hill," a merger of Old English dun "hill" (see down (n.2)) and Scandinavian holmr (see holm). The change from -n- to -r- is a result of Norman confusion (see Shrewsbury). As a breed of cattle, by 1810.

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