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[woo s-ter] /ˈwʊs tər/
Joseph Emerson, 1784–1865, U.S. lexicographer.
a city in central Massachusetts.
a city in Hereford and Worcester, in W England, on the Severn: cathedral; Cromwell's defeat of the Scots 1651. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We reached Worcester about twelve, and went to the Star and Garter.

  • Mr. Witt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, January 4th, 1808.

  • They were charged with assembling in troops in the counties of Warwick and Worcester, breaking into stables and seizing horses.

    What Gunpowder Plot Was Samuel Rawson Gardiner
  • Worcester sang well also, and the little concert was very enjoyable.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Hollanden and the Worcester girls had halted in a place of ferns and wet moss.

    The Third Violet Stephen Crane
British Dictionary definitions for Worcester


a cathedral city in W central England, the administrative centre of Worcestershire on the River Severn: scene of the battle (1651) in which Charles II was defeated by Cromwell. Pop: 94 029 (2001)
an industrial city in the US, in central Massachusetts: Clark University (1887). Pop: 175 706 (2003 est)
a town in S South Africa; centre of a fruit-growing region. Pop: 66 349 (2001)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Worcester

Wireceastre (1086), Old English Wigranceastre (717), Weogorna civitas (691), from Weogora, a tribal name. Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrin's) is attested from 1843.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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