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[her-uh-ferd-sheer, -sher]
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  1. a former county in W England, now part of Hereford and Worscester.
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Examples from the Web for herefordshire

Historical Examples

  • Are we going to repeat the Herefordshire experiment here, then?

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly

    Charles James Lever

  • I accepted the Herefordshire expedition because it smacked of active service.

  • Either she or her husband was buried at Marcle, Herefordshire.

    In Convent Walls

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • "Herefordshire is a long way off," said the baronet, pleading.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope

  • When he left town for Herefordshire he had not yet made up his mind how this should be done.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for herefordshire


  1. a county of W England: from 1974 to 1998 part of Hereford and Worcester: drained chiefly by the River Wye; agricultural (esp fruit and cattle). Administrative centre: Hereford. Pop: 176 900 (2003 est). Area: 2180 sq km (842 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for herefordshire


Old English Herefordscir, from Hereford (958), literally "ford suitable for the passage of an army." Probably so-called in reference to the Roman road passing over the Wye River. Herford in Germany has the same etymology. As the name for a type of cattle, first bred there, it is attested from 1789.

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