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Somerset

[suhm-er-set, -sit] /ˈsʌm ərˌsɛt, -sɪt/
noun
1.
a city in SE Massachusetts.
2.
a town in S Kentucky.

somersault

or somerset, summersault, summerset

[suhm-er-sawlt] /ˈsʌm ərˌsɔlt/
noun
1.
an acrobatic movement, either forward or backward, in which the body rolls end over end, making a complete revolution.
2.
such a movement performed in the air as part of a dive, tumbling routine, etc.
3.
a complete overturn or reversal, as of opinion.
verb (used without object)
4.
to perform a somersault.
Origin of somersault
1520-1530
1520-30; < Middle French sombresaut, alteration of sobresault; compare Old Provençal sobre over (< Latin super), saut a leap (< Latin saltus)
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  • Somerset shows all about a letter from the Queen, desiring him to let his wife continue with her.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • Somerset had been brought to England by his master, and left there.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • They are not of the dignity of Somerset House, but they will serve.

    London Impressions Alice Meynell
  • The ceremony was performed at Dunyatt, in the county of Somerset.

  • "The Somerset ran out her deck-guns at sunset," added another.

    Cardigan Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for Somerset

Somerset1

/ˈsʌməsɪt; -ˌsɛt/
noun
1.
a county of SW England, on the Bristol Channel: the Mendip Hills lie in the north and Exmoor in the west: the geographical and ceremonial county includes the unitary authorities of North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset (both part of Avon county from 1975 until 1996): mainly agricultural (esp dairying and fruit). Administrative centre: Taunton. Pop (excluding unitary authorities): 507 500 (2003 est). Area (excluding unitary authorities): 3452 sq km (1332 sq miles)

Somerset2

/ˈsʌməsɛt/
noun
1.
1st Duke of, title of Edward Seymour. ?1500–52, English statesman, protector of England (1547–49) during Edward VI's minority. He defeated the Scots (1547) and furthered the Protestant Reformation: executed

somersault

/ˈsʌməˌsɔːlt/
noun
1.
  1. a forward roll in which the head is placed on the ground and the trunk and legs are turned over it
  2. a similar roll in a backward direction
2.
an acrobatic feat in which either of these rolls are performed in midair, as in diving or gymnastics
3.
a complete reversal of opinion, policy, etc
verb
4.
(intransitive) to perform a somersault
Word Origin
C16: from Old French soubresault, probably from Old Provençal sobresaut, from sobre over (from Latin super) + saut a jump, leap (from Latin saltus)
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Word Origin and History for Somerset

9c., Sumor sæton, from Old English sumorsæta, short for *sumorton sæte "the people who live at (or depend upon) Somerton," a settlement attested from 8c. (Sumertone), literally "summer settlement." In 12c. it begins to be clearly meant as a place-name (Sumersetescir) not a collective name for a set of people.

somersault

n.

1520s, from Middle French sombresault, from Old Provençal sobresaut, from sobre "over" (from Latin supra "over;" see supra-) + saut "a jump," from Latin saltus, from the root of salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Sometimes further corrupted to somerset, etc.

v.

1850, from somersault (n.). Related: Somersaulted; somersaulting.

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