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[deylz-muh n] /ˈdeɪlz mən/
noun, plural dalesmen.
a person living in a dale or valley, especially in the northern counties of England.
Origin of dalesman
First recorded in 1760-70; dale + 's1 + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • ON the following morning there was a sheep-auction at the dalesman's Daughter.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • None but a dalesman, he said, could read Wordsworth aright, or really love him.

    A Month in Yorkshire Walter White
  • The dalesman you meet on the highway can tell you all the lore of his parish, giving dates and citing illustrative lays.

  • The dalesman's broad breast heaved indignantly, and there was a sob in his voice as he replied.

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
  • My companion talked as only a dalesman can talk—as one whose whole heart is in his subject.

    A Month in Yorkshire Walter White
  • At last the carline came to him, and spake softly to him in his ear: "All is free now, dalesman, come thou!"

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • An Asturian dalesman is commonly reputed capable of driving a nail into a wall with his head.

    Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram
  • Or, if dialect poetry must be concerned only with rustic life, was the Craven dalesman to have no voice in the matter?

  • It is a country in which sheep are paramount; and every other dalesman is engaged in that profession which is as old as Abel.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • It was in a very wrathful mood that on his way home he turned into the dalesman's Daughter in Silverdale.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
British Dictionary definitions for dalesman


noun (pl) -men
a person living in a dale, esp in the dales of N England
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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