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[her-uh-ferd-sheer, -sher] /ˈhɛr ə fərdˌʃɪər, -ʃər/
a former county in W England, now part of Hereford and Worscester. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His regiment is at Aldershot, himself rusticating in Herefordshire—whither he has come to spend a few weeks' leave of absence.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • Either she or her husband was buried at Marcle, Herefordshire.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • They consented, however, to hold a large meeting on the borders of Herefordshire, and hear what Austin had to offer.

  • I accepted the Herefordshire expedition because it smacked of active service.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • As to crops in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, they have been very bad.

    Rural Rides William Cobbett
  • Are we going to repeat the Herefordshire experiment here, then?

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • She had been baptized by Elder Woodruff in Herefordshire in 1840.

    Wilford Woodruff Matthias F. Cowley
  • We have a Herefordshire gentleman sitting for,—I must not say our borough of Silverbridge.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • The Herefordshire accounts give particulars of a further ceremony.

  • Herefordshire was a favorite place for this sort of exercise of nature.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for Herefordshire


/ˈhɛrɪfədˌʃɪə; -ʃə/
a county of W England: from 1974 to 1998 part of Hereford and Worcester: drained chiefly by the River Wye; agricultural (esp fruit and cattle). Administrative centre: Hereford. Pop: 176 900 (2003 est). Area: 2180 sq km (842 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Herefordshire

Old English Herefordscir, from Hereford (958), literally "ford suitable for the passage of an army." Probably so-called in reference to the Roman road passing over the Wye River. Herford in Germany has the same etymology. As the name for a type of cattle, first bred there, it is attested from 1789.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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