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[staf-erd] /ˈstæf ərd/
Jean, 1915–79, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
Sir Edward William, 1819–1901, New Zealand political leader, born in Scotland: prime minister 1856–61, 1865–69, 1872.
a city in and the county seat of Staffordshire, in central England. Unabridged
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  • Sir Hyacinth coldly replied, he could not spare Stafford at present, and drove on.

  • Stafford looked at the other and made no attempt to hide his astonishment.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • It was nine o'clock when Hall arrived, and he was surprised to find Mr. Stafford had not returned.

  • One said something hurriedly, and Stafford King left his seat.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • Perhaps they required keeping up; and claret like Colonel Stafford's is consoling.

    The House by the Church-Yard J. Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for Stafford


a market town in central England, administrative centre of Staffordshire. Pop: 63 681 (2001)


Sir Edward William. 1819–1901, New Zealand statesman, born in Scotland: prime minister of New Zealand (1856–61; 1865–69; 1872)
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Word Origin and History for Stafford

town in England, mid-11c., Stæfford, literally "ford by a landing-place," from Old English stæð + ford. County town of Staffordshire, which, as a name for a type of earthenware and porcelain made there is attested from 1765.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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