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[hamp-sheer, -sher] /ˈhæmp ʃɪər, -ʃər/
Also called Hants. a county in S England. 1460 sq. mi. (3780 sq. km).
Also called Hampshire Down. one of an English breed of sheep having a dark face, ears, and legs, noted for the rapid growth of its lambs.
one of an English breed of black hogs having a broad band of white over the shoulders and front legs. Unabridged
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  • “And mine uncle was from the New Forest in Hampshire,” he said.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I might chance to see hotter service in Hampshire than I have ever done in Gascony.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • We are like to give you some work to do ere you see the downs of Hampshire once more.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Hampshire knight was not a man to be disheartened by a reverse.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He was the son of a clothier in humble circumstances, at Romsey, in Hampshire, where he was born in 1623.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
British Dictionary definitions for Hampshire


/ˈhæmpˌʃɪə; -ʃə/
a county of S England, on the English Channel: crossed by the Hampshire Downs and the South Downs, with the New Forest in the southwest and many prehistoric and Roman remains: the geographical and ceremonial county includes Portsmouth and Southampton, which became independent unitary authorities in 1997. Administrative centre: Winchester. Pop (excluding unitary authorities): 1 251 000 (2003 est). Area (excluding unitary authorities): 3679 sq km (1420 sq miles) Hants


Sir Stuart. 1914–2004, British philosopher: his publications include Thought and Action (1959), Two Theories of Morality (1977), and Innocence and Experience (1989)
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Word Origin and History for Hampshire

reduced from Old English Hamtunscir; named for the city of Southampton, which originally was simply Hamtun. Norman scribes mangled the county name to Hauntunescire, later Hantescire, hence the abbrev. Hants.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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