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  1. a city in Cheshire, in NW England: only English city with the Roman walls still intact.
  2. a city in SE Pennsylvania.
  3. Cheshire(def 3).
  4. former name of Cheshire(def 1).
  5. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “camp.”
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  • August 6, 1895, Mr. Gladstone made a great speech at Chester.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The late Chester Deming was the gentleman who had engaged his services.

  • After the lapse of half an hour or so, the elder Chester, gaily dressed, went out.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • I am curious to know,' said Mr Chester, with surpassing affability.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • An hour later, both Richards and Chester appeared at the postoffice.

British Dictionary definitions for chester


  1. a city in NW England, administrative centre of the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester, on the River Dee: intact surrounding walls; 16th- and 17th-century double-tier shops. Pop: 80 121 (2001)Latin name: Deva
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Word Origin and History for chester


Cestre (1086), from Old English Legacæstir (735) "City of the Legions," from Old English ceaster "Roman town or city," from Latin castrum "fortified place" (see castle (n.)). It was the base of the Second Legion Adiutrix in the 70s C.E. and later the 20th Legion Valeria Victrix. But the town's name in Roman times was Deoua (c.150 C.E.), from its situation on the River Dee, a Celtic river name meaning "the goddess, the holy one."

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