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[kots-wohldz, -wuh ldz]
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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. a range of hills in SW England, in Gloucestershire.
Also called Cotswold Hills.


[kots-wohld, -wuh ld]
  1. one of an English breed of large sheep having coarse, long wool.

Origin of Cotswold

named after the Cotswolds, where the breed originated
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Examples from the Web for cotswolds

Historical Examples

  • It was in the Cotswolds and we were in a garden, on the side of a hill.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 25, 1914


  • The Cotswolds derive their name from a low range of hills in Gloucestershire.

  • I am all for the Cotswolds in the last vacation before "Schools."


    Christopher Morley

  • The earthquake of 1895 was very severely felt in the Cotswolds.

    A Cotswold Village

    J. Arthur Gibbs

  • Green plover, or lapwings, are numerous enough on the Cotswolds.

    A Cotswold Village

    J. Arthur Gibbs

British Dictionary definitions for cotswolds


pl n
  1. a range of low hills in SW England, mainly in Gloucestershire: formerly a centre of the wool industry


  1. a breed of sheep with long wool that originated in the Cotswolds. It is believed to be one of the oldest breeds in the world
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