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[ey-vuh n, av-uh n for 1–4; ey-von for 5] /ˈeɪ vən, ˈæv ən for 1–4; ˈeɪ vɒn for 5/
a river in central England, flowing SE past Stratford-on-Avon to the Severn. 96 miles (155 km) long.
a river in S England, flowing W to the mouth of the Severn. About 75 miles (120 km) long.
a river in S England, flowing S to the English Channel. About 60 miles (100 km) long.
a county in SW England. 520 sq. mi. (1346 sq. km)
a town in N Connecticut. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • An encounter being inevitable, Avon had to decide upon the manner in which it should take place.

    The Great Cattle Trail Edward S. Ellis
  • The Avon is a navigable river, and the tides rise in it to a great height.

    The Silent Readers William D. Lewis
  • She took some more prizes, but the sea, to whose depths she had sent the Reindeer and Avon, took her also.

  • "Leafy Warwickshire" is watered, as all the world knows, by the Avon.

    From Gretna Green to Land's End Katharine Lee Bates
  • Stratford on Avon—Shakespeare's birthplace; the signatures of famous people on the walls; the museum, the garden.

    Woman's Club Work and Programs Caroline French Benton
  • "It is pitch dark at this moment in the gorge of the Avon," rejoined Pope.

    Boscobel: or, the royal oak William Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for Avon


a former county of SW England, created in 1974 from areas of N Somerset and S Gloucestershire: replaced in 1996 by the unitary authorities of Bath and North East Somerset (Somerset), North Somerset (Somerset), South Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire), and Bristol
a river in central England, rising in Northamptonshire and flowing southwest through Stratford-on-Avon to the River Severn at Tewkesbury. Length: 154 km (96 miles)
a river in SW England, rising in Gloucestershire and flowing south and west through Bristol to the Severn estuary at Avonmouth. Length: 120 km (75 miles)
a river in S England, rising in Wiltshire and flowing south to the English Channel. Length: about 96 km (60 miles)


Earl of. title of (Anthony) Eden1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Avon

river in southwestern England, from Celtic abona "river" (see afanc).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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